Resolution and characterization of helicate dimer and trimer complexes of 1,3-bis(9-methyl-1,10-phenanthrolin-2-yl)propane with copper(i)

Luis Lemus, Juan Guerrero, Juan Costamagna, Romina Lorca, Danilo H. Jara, Guillermo Ferraudi, Allen Oliver, A. Graham Lappin

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Abstract

Complexation of copper(i) with the binucleating ligand, 1,3-bis(9-methyl-1,10-phenanthrolin-2-yl)propane, mphenpr, result in formation of helical dimers, [Cu2(mphenpr)2]2+. The resolution of the enantiomeric forms of the dimers has been carried out with Δ-[As(cat)3]- as resolving agent and X-ray structures for two compounds, P-[Cu2(mphenpr)2](Δ- [As(cat)3])2 and P-[Cu2(mphenpr) 2](Δ-[As(cat)3])2·4(CH 3CN), are reported. The rate of racemization in poorly-coordinating solvents has been examined by 1H NMR, and is slow. At saturating concentrations of [[Cu2(mphenpr)2]2+] in acetonitrile, crystals of the helical trimeric complex [Cu3(mphenpr) 3](ClO4)3 are obtained. The X-ray structure of the trimer is reported. This species has also been resolved. As with the helical dimer, racemization in poorly-coordinating solvents is slow, and circular dichroism and 1H NMR spectra are reported. The absolute configuration of the resolved complex, P-[Cu3(mphenpr)3](Δ- [As(cat)3])3, has been determined by X-ray crystallography.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11426-11435
Number of pages10
JournalDalton Transactions
Volume42
Issue number32
DOIs
StatePublished - 28 Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes

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