Direct Preparation of a Siroheme Model Compound: Synthesis and Structure of (5,10,15,20-Tetramethylisobacteriochlorinato)nickel(II)

Myunghyun Paik Suh, Paul N. Swepston, Janies A. Ibers

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The condensation reaction of pyrrole with acetaldehyde diethyl acetal in a glacial acetic acid solution of nickel acetate under an inert atmosphere yields (5,10,15,20-tetramethylisobacteriochlorinato)nickel(II), Ni(TMiBC), and 5,10,15,20-tetramethylporphyrinogen (TMporphyrinogen) as deduced by spectroscopy and for Ni(TMiBC) by X-ray analysis. Ni(TMiBC) crystallizes in the monoclinic space group C2h5-P21/n (a = 23.656 (2) Å, b = 7.644 (1) Å, c = 24.014 (2) Å, β = 118.94 (1)°) with two independent molecules per asymmetric unit. The final agreement indices, based on 523 variables and 5307 unique reflections collected at −69 °C on an automatic diffractometer, are R(F2) = 0.086 and RW(F2) = 0.124. The conventional R index on F for 4008 reflections having F°23σ(F°;2) is 0.065. The isobacteriochlorin macrocycle exhibits an S4-ruffled conformation and a bond length pattern indicative of a reduction in aromaticity, both of which are more pronounced than those found in the corresponding porphyrin ((5,10,15,20-tetramethylporphyrinato)nickel(II), Ni(TMP)) and chlorin ((5,10,15,20-tetramethylchlorinato)nickel(II), Ni(TMC)) structures. This reduction in aromaticity is consistent with the 1H NMR spectra, which point to ring currents in the order Ni(TMiBC) < Ni(TMC) < Ni(TMP).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5164-5171
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number18
StatePublished - Sep 1 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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