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Unprecedented stabilization of cobalt(II) in a tetrahedral S2O2 environment: The use of a redox-noninnocent ligand

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Bill CleggORCiD


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The reaction of Zn(II) and Co(II) with thiosalicylic acid, o-HSC6H4COOH, and its methyl ester has led to the following complexes: [Zn(SC6H4COO)] (1), (NEt4)Na[Zn(SC6H4COO)(2)].H2O (2), (NEt4)(2)Na[Co(SC6H4COO)(3)].2H(2)O (3), (NEt4)(3)Na-3[{Co(SC6H4COO)(3)}(2)].6MeOH (4), [Zn(SC6H4COOMe)(2)] (5), and [Co(SC6H4COOMe)(n)], n = 2 (6), 3 (7). These ligands have not allowed stabilization of Co(II) in a sulfur-oxygen coordination environment. The structures of complexes 2-4 and 7 have been determined crystallographically. Those of 2-4 show significant similarities such as the behavior of the -SC6H4COO- anion as chelating ligand and the involvement of sodium ions as a structural element. Thus, the structure of the [Na{Zn(SC6H4COO)(2)}(H2O)](-) anion in complex 2 can be described as infinite chains of consecutive [Zn(SC6H4COO)(2)](2-) metalloligands linked by [Na(H2O)](+) centers, that of the [Na{Co(SC6H4COO)(3)(H2O)(2)}](2)(4-) anion in 3 as a centrosymmetric tetranuclear Co2Na2 dimer with a {Co-III(S boolean ANDO)(3)}Na(mu -H2O)(2)Na{Co-III(S boolean ANDO)(3)} core, and that of the pentanuclear [Na-3{Co(SC6H4COO)(3)}(2)(MeOH)(6)](3-) anion in 4 as two dinuclear [{Co-III(S boolean ANDO)(3)}Na(MeOH)(3)] fragments linked to a central sodium ion, which appears to be the first structurally characterized example of a NaS6 site. The use of the o-HSC6H4COOMe ligand allowed the synthesis of [Co(SC6H4COOMe)(2)] (6) but not its full structural characterization. Instead, [Co(SC6H4COOMe)(3)] (7) was obtained and structurally characterized. It consists of mononuclear molecules containing an octahedral (CoS3O3)-S-III core. The selection of 2,2-diphenyl-2-mercaptoacetic acid as ligand with reductive properties has afforded the first mononuclear complex containing a (CoS2O2)-S-II core and thus an unprecedented model for Co(II)-substituted metalloproteins containing tetrahedral MS2O2 active sites. The synthesis and full structural characterization of the isostructural complexes (NEt4)(2)[Zn{Ph2C(S)COO}(2)] (8) and (NEt4)(2)[Co{Ph2C(S)COO}(2)] (9) show that they consist of discrete [M{Ph2C(S)COO}(2)](2-) anions, with a distorted tetrahedral coordination about the metal. In addition, the stability conferred by the ligand on the (CoS2O2)-S-II core has allowed its characterization in solution by paramagnetic 1D and 2D H-1 NMR studies. The longitudinal relaxation times of the hyperfine-shifted resonances and NOESY spectra have led to the assignment of all resonances of the cobalt complex and confirmed that it maintains its tetrahedral geometry in solution. Magnetic measurements (2-300 K) for complex 9 and 9.2H(2)O are in good agreement with distorted tetrahedral and octahedral environments, respectively.

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Author(s): Duran N, Clegg W, Cucurull-Sanchez L, Coxall RA, Jimenez HR, Moratal JM, Lloret F, Gonzalez-Duarte P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Inorganic Chemistry

Year: 2000

Volume: 39

Issue: 21

Pages: 4821-4832

ISSN (print): 0020-1669

ISSN (electronic): 1520-510X

Publisher: American Chemical Society


DOI: 10.1021/ic000223q


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