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|Title:||Synthesis, structure and spectroelectrochemical properties of a dinuclear ruthenium complex exhibiting a strong electronic interaction across a 1,2,4,5-tetrazine bridging ligand|
|Publisher:||ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY|
|Citation:||JOURNAL OF THE CHEMICAL SOCIETY-DALTON TRANSACTIONS, (9), 2097-2101|
|Abstract:||The reaction of [Ru(bpy)(2)(EtOH)(2)](2+) (bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine) with the potentially bridging ligand 3,6-bis(3,5-dimethylpyrazol-1-yl)-1,4-dihydro-1,2,4,5-tetrazine) (H2L) results in formation of the diruthenium complex [(bpy)(2)Ru-II(L)Ru-II(bpy)(2)](4+) ((4+)) in which the dihydrotetrazine unit of H2L has undergone oxidative dehydrogenation to give an aromatic tetrazine unit connecting the two metal centres [L = 3,6-bis( 3,5-dimethylpyrazol-1-yl)-1,2,4,5-tetrazine]. The crystal structures of H2L and [1(ClO4)(4)].2H(2)O have been determined. In MeCN solution, complex (4+) undergoes two successive one-electron oxidation processes at 1.25 and 1.70 V versus SCE, corresponding to successive Ru(II)/Ru(III) couples, a ording a stable mixed-valence Ru(II)/Ru(III) state (K-c = 4 x 10(7)) at intermediate potentials. Four successive ligand-based reduction processes at -0.13, -0.99, -1.58 and -1.94 V versus SCE are also observed, of which the first two are associated with the bridging tetrazine unit and the other two are reductions of the coordinated bipyridine molecules. A UV/VIS/NIR spectroelectrochemical study was carried out on (n+) for n = 3-6; the mixed-valence species (5+) displays a narrow pi-pi* transition at 1534 nm, indicative of a class III mixed-valence state. The chemically generated one-electron-reduced species (3+) shows an EPR signal (g = 2.0085) characteristic of a ligand-centred radical. (4+) is weakly luminescent at 77 K.|
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