Preparation and Structures of Two Sterically Protected Ruthenium Porphyrin Compounds of the Type Ru(Por)(H2O)in(CO)out

Carla Slebodnick, Kimoon Kim, James A. Ibers*

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Two sterically protected ruthenium porphyrin compounds of the type Ru(Por)(H2O)in(CO)out have been prepared, and their structures have been determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction methods. Both compounds, Ru(β-PocPivP)(H2O)in(CO)out (1), a “pocket” porphyrin, and Ru(OCCOPor)(H2O)in(CO)out (2), a “capped” porphyrin, pack as discrete porphyrin units with solvate molecules. In both compounds, the H2O ligand is inside the sterically protected region while the CO ligand is trans to the H2O molecule and is on the outside of the protected region. In Ru(β-PocPivP)(H2O)in(CO)out, the H2O ligand is hydrogen-bonded to an amide oxygen atom, the O(H2O)O(amide) distance being 2.688(4) Å; in Ru(OCCOPor)(H2O)in(CO)out, the H2O ligand, though not involved in traditional hydrogen bonding, may interact with the aromatic π system of the benzene cap, the O(H2O)-cap centroid distance being 2.98 Å. The carbonyl groups have their normal, linear arrangement, with the Ru-C-O angles being 178.7(3) and 178.1(4)° in 1 and 2, respectively. In each structure, the porphyrin plane is slightly ruffled, with the Ru atom lying 0.20 and 0.26 Å below the porphyrin plane toward the carbonyl group in 1 and 2, respectively. In each structure, the cap is off-center and tilted. Each cap centroid lies 4.25 (1) and 4.79 Å (2) above the porphyrin plane. These structures provide some useful insights into steric constraints in these encumbered porphyrins. Crystallographic data for Ru(β-PocPivP)(H2O)in(CO)out·2CHCl3 (1): triclinic, Ci1-P1̅, Z = 2, a = 13.261(3) Å, b = 14.450(3) Å, c = 15.716(3) Å, α = 91.63(3)°, β = 94.94(3)°, γ = 94.40(3)°, t = −167 °C, 11 611 unique reflections, 805 variables, R(F) (Fo2 > 2σ(Fo2)) = 0.045, Rw(F2) = 0.101. Crystallographic data for Ru(OCCOPor)(H2O)in(CO)out·2CHCl3·½n-C6H12 (2): triclinic Ci1-P1̅, Z = 2, a = 9.651(2) Å, b = 11.936(2) Å, c = 25.964(5) Å, α = 92.14(3)°, β = 91.58(3)°, γ = 104.99(3)°, t = −167 °C, 15 970 unique reflections, 760 variables, R(F) (Fo2 > 2σ(Fo2)) = 0.086, Rw(F2) = 0.183.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5338-5342
Number of pages5
JournalInorganic chemistry
Issue number23
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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