Unexpected lability of the [RuIII(phtpy)Cl3] complex

Paola A. Benavides, Tiago A. Matias, Koiti Araki

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Ruthenium(iii) complexes are known for their high stability and inertness. To the best of our knowledge, the only well-characterized example of a labile Ru(iii) complex is [RuIII(edta)(H2O)] as a consequence of an intramolecular hydrogen bonding leading to the formation of a large opening in the molecule front, thus changing the mechanism from dissociative to associative. Compelling experimental evidence is presented demonstrating that the [RuIII(phtpy)Cl3] complex is labile, also indicating that the Ru(iii)-phtpy bond is much weaker than expected, in contrast to the strongly π-back-bonding stabilized Ru(ii)-phtpy bond.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15567-15572
Number of pages6
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number44
StatePublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


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