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Bimetallic iron–iron and iron–zinc complexes of the redox-active ONO pincer ligand


A new bimetallic platform comprising a six-coordinate Fe(ONO)2 unit bound to an (ONO)M (M = Fe, Zn) has been discovered ((ONOcat)H3 = bis(3,5-di-tert-butyl-2-phenol)amine). Reaction of Fe(ONO)2 with either (ONOcat)Fe(py)3 or with (ONOq)FeCl2 under reducing conditions led to the formation of the bimetallic complex Fe2(ONO)3, which includes unique five- and six-coordinate iron centers. Similarly, the reaction of Fe(ONO)2 with the new synthon (ONOsq˙)Zn(py)2 led to the formation of the heterobimetallic complex FeZn(ONO)3, with a six-coordinate iron center and a five-coordinate zinc center. Both bimetallic complexes were characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies, solid-state magnetic measurements, and multiple spectroscopic techniques. The magnetic data for FeZn(ONO)3 are consistent with a ground state S = 3/2 spin system, generated from a high-spin iron(ii) center that is antiferromagnetically coupled to a single (ONOsq˙)2- radical ligand. In the case of Fe2(ONO)3, the magnetic data revealed a ground state S = 7/2 spin system arising from the interactions of one high-spin iron(ii) center, one high-spin iron(iii) center, and two (ONOsq˙)2- radical ligands.

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