Manganese complexes with chelating and bridging di-triazolylidene ligands: synthesis and reactivity

Sofia Friães, Sara Realista, Clara S. B. Gomes, Paulo N. Martinho, Luís F. Veiros, Martin Albrecht, Beatriz Royo

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New manganese complexes bearing di-triazolylidene (di-trz) ligands are described. Depending on the wingtip substituents of the triazolylidene ligand and the synthetic procedure, two different ligand coordination modes were observed,i.e, bridging and chelating. A series of Mn(i) complexes of the general typefac-[Mn(di-trzR)(CO)3Br] (R = Me, Et, Mes) with a chelating di-trz ligand were preparedviaAg-transmetalation. In contrast, thein situdeprotonation of the triazolium salts with KOButyielded the bimetallic Mn(0) complexes [Mn2(CO)8(μ-di-trzR)] with a bridging di-trz ligand when short alkyl chains (Me, Et, i-Pr) are present as the N1 substituents of the triazolylidene ligand. The molecular structures of monometallic and bimetallic complexes were determined by X-ray diffraction studies. In addition, the cationicfac-[Mn(di-trzEt)(CO)2(PPh3)2]Br complex, a rare example of a dicarbonyl Mn(i) N-heterocyclic carbene, was obtained whenfac-[Mn(di-trzEt)(CO)3Br] was irradiated with visible light in the presence of PPh3. The crystal structure revealed a slightly distorted octahedral geometry around the Mn(i) centre, with the chelating di-triazolylidene ligand situated intransposition to the two CO ligands in the equatorial plane, and the two phosphine ligands occupying the axial positions. Cyclic voltammetry studies show reversible redox processes for the monometallic Mn(i) complexes, and a quasi-reversible EC mechanism for the oxidation of the bimetallic complexes. Infrared spectroelectrochemical studies along with DFT calculations forfac-[Mn(di-trzEt)(CO)3Br] suggest that the observed two consecutive reductions both occur at the metal centre.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5911-5920
Number of pages10
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2021


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