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Electronic Structure of Cobalt-Corrole-Pyridine Complexes: Noninnocent Five-Coordinate Co(II) Corrole-Radical States

  • Author(s): Ganguly, S
  • Conradie, J
  • Bendix, J
  • Gagnon, KJ
  • McCormick, LJ
  • Ghosh, A
  • et al.

© 2017 American Chemical Society. Two sets of complexes of Co-triarylcorrole-bispyridine complexes, Co[TpXPC](py)2and Co[Br8TpXPC](py)2have been synthesized, where TpXPC refers to a meso-tris(para-X-phenyl)corrole ligand with X = CF3, H, Me, and OMe and Br8TpXPC to the corresponding β-octabrominated ligand. The axial pyridines in these complexes were found to be labile and, in dilute solutions in dichloromethane, the complexes dissociate almost completely to the five-coordinate monopyridine complexes. Upon addition of a small quantity of pyridine, the complexes revert back to the six-coordinate forms. These transformations are accompanied by dramatic changes in color and optical spectra.1H NMR spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography have confirmed that the bispyridine complexes are authentic low-spin Co(III) species. Strong substituent effects on the Soret maxima and broken-symmetry DFT calculations, however, indicate a CoII-corrole2-formulation for the five-coordinate Co[TpXPC](py) series. The calculations implicate a Co(dz2)-corrole("a2u") orbital interaction as responsible for the metal-ligand antiferromagnetic coupling that leads to the open-shell singlet ground state of these species. Furthermore, the calculations predict two low-energy S = 1 intermediate-spin Co(III) states, a scenario that we have been able to experimentally corroborate with temperature-dependent EPR studies. Our findings add to the growing body of evidence for noninnocent electronic structures among first-row transition metal corrole derivatives.

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