Synthesis and Characterization of a Superoxo Complex of the Dicobalt Cofacial Diporphyrin [μ-O2)Co2(DPB)(1,5-diphenylimidazole)2][PF6], the Structure of the Parent Dicobalt Diporphyrin Co2(DPB), and a New Synthesis of the Free-Base Cofacial Diporphyrin H4(DPB)

James P. Coliman*, James E. Hutchison, Michel Angel Lopez, Alain Tabard, Roger Guilard, Won K. Seok, James A Ibers, Maurice L'Her

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Chemical oxidation of the dicobalt cofacial diporphyrin Co2 II/II(DPB), followed by exposure to dioxygen affords the bridged superoxo complex [(μ-O2)Co2(DPB)] [PF6], This μ-superoxo complex has been implicated in possible mechanisms of four-electron dioxygen reduction by dicobalt cofacial diporphyrins but had not been isolated and fully-characterized previously. Although the superoxo complex is unstable with respect to loss of dioxygen, addition of 2 equiv of 1,5-diphenylimidazole yields [(μ-O2)Co2 III/III(DPB)(1,5-diphenylimidazole)2] [PF6], a μ-superoxo complex that is stable toward loss of dioxygen. Analytically pure samples of the latter complex have been prepared, and their spectral and electrochemical properties are described. The crystal structure of the parent dicobalt cofacial diporphyrin Co2 II/II(DPB) is reported. The Co-Co distance (3.726 (1) Å) and other structural features are compared to those of Co2(FTF4) and of other known metallo-DPB structures. A new, improved total synthesis of the free-base porphyrin H4(DPB) is presented. The combination of new reaction sequences, increased reaction scales, and improved product yields allows for large scale synthesis (gram quantities) of the free-base porphyrin needed to develop fully the coordination chemistry of the cofacial metallodiporphyrins.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9869-9877
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number25
StatePublished - Dec 1 1992


ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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