Synthesis and Characterization of Dihalogenoruthenium(IV)-, Diphenylruthenium(IV)-, and Phenylruthenium(III)-Tetraphenylporphyrin Complexes, Including the Crystal Structure of Ru(TPP)Br2

Mingzhe Ke, Chand Sishta, Brian R. James*, David Dolphin, John W. Sparapany, James A Ibers

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The paramagnetic (S=1) Ru(TPP)X2 complexes (X = halide) are made by treatment of [Ru(TPP)]2 with HBr, HC1, or I2 (TPP = the dianion of 5,10,15,20-tetraphenylporphyrin). The dibromo species (2) crystallizes in the tetragonal system, space group [formula omitted with a = 13.686 (9) Å, c = 9.711 (7) Å, and Z = 2. The structure has been refined on F2 to final R and Rw values of 0.050 and 0.080, respectively, for 72 variables and 1639 observations; the value of R(F) for the 1354 reflections having Fo2 ≥ 3σ(F02) is 0.034. The molecule has imposed symmetry 4/m. As a consequence, the porphyrin plane is strictly planar; the phenyl rings are perpendicular to this plane, as is the Ru-Br bond. The Ru-Br distance is 2.425 (2) Å, the shortest recorded for any Ru-Br bond. 1H NMR isotropic shift data are consistent with π-donation from the halide. With PhLi, 2 yields diamagnetic Ru(TPP)Ph2 (5), which can be thermally decomposed to Ru(TPP)Ph (6); kinetic data imply a stronger Ru-C bond in 5 compared to the corresponding octaethylporphyrin complex (by 2.6 kcal/mol). A light-induced O2 oxidation of 6 gives diamagnetic [Ru(TPP)Ph]2O.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4766-4771
Number of pages6
JournalInorganic chemistry
Issue number25
StatePublished - Dec 1 1991


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  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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