Preparation, structure, and properties of the bis(μ-acetato)(μ-oxo)ruthenium(III) dimers [Ru2(μ-CH3COO)2(μ-O)(py) 6]2+ and [Ru2(μ-CH3COO)2(μ-O)(bpy) 2(py)2]2+

Yoichi Sasaki, Masakazu Suzuki, Akira Nagasawa, Ayako Tokiwa, Masahiro Ebihara, Tadashi Yamaguchi, Chizuko Kabuto, Ayako Yamamoto, Tasuku Ito

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Two ruthenium(III) dimers with a core structure similar to the methemerythrin active center have been prepared: [Ru2(μ-CH3COO)2(μ-O)(py) 6]2+ (1) and [Ru2(μ-CH3COO)2(μ-O)(bpy) 2(py)2]2+ (2) (py = pyridine, bpy = 2,2′-bipyridine). [Ru2-(CH3COO)2(O)(py)6](PF 6)2 crystallizes in the monoclinic space group C2/c with a = 42.229 (6) Å, b = 10.726 (1) Å, c = 20.470 (3) Å, β = 112.45 (1)°, V = 8568 (2) Å3, and Z = 8. The Ru-Ru distance is 3.251 (2) Å, and the direct metal-metal bond is absent. 1H NMR spectra of 1 in organic solvents are consistent with the solid-state structure. Those of 2 indicate that chelating bpy occupies the positions trans to the two acetate bridges. The complexes exhibit strong visible absorption bands at 581 nm (ε = 10 000 M-1 cm-1) and 599 nm (ε = 19 200) in CH3CN for 1 and 2, respectively. Cyclic voltammograms of both complexes in CH3CN show one reversible oxidation process and one irreversible reduction process in the range from -1 to +1 V vs Ag/AgClO4. The substitution reaction of py-d5 for the coordinated py in 1 shows that the position trans to the oxide bridge is at least 10 times more labile than the cis positions. The first-order rate constants in the presence of excess py-d5 (0.125 mol dm-3) are 2.2 × 10-4 and 5.5 × 10-5 s-1 for 1 and 2, respectively, at 50°C in CD3CN.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4903-4908
Number of pages6
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes


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  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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