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Synthesis and DFT calculations of oxido and phenylimido-rhenium(V) complexes incorporating the N, O donor ligand 2-[(2-hydroxyethylimino)methyl]phenol

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The reactions of equimolar amounts of trans-[ReOC13(PPh3)2] or trans-[Re(NPh)(PPh3)2Cl3] with a Schiff base formed by condensation of 2-hydroxy-4-methoxybenzaldehyde and ethanolamine (H2L) result in the formation of cis-[ReO(HL)PPh3Cl2] (1a) and trans-[Re(NPh)(HL)(PPh3)Cl2] (2b), respectively, in good yields. 1a and 2b have been characterized by a range of spectroscopic and analytical techniques. The X-ray crystal structures of 1a and 2b reveal that 1a is an octahedral cis-Cl,Cl oxorhenium(V) complex, while 2b is a trans-Cl,Cl phenylimidorhenium(V) complex. The complexes are weakly emissive at room temperature with quantum yields of 10−4. Density functional theory calculations of the electronic properties of the complexes were performed and are in agreement with the experimental results. The complexes display quasi-reversible Re(V)/Re(VI) redox couples in acetonitrile. There is reasonable agreement between the experimental and calculated redox potentials of 1a and 2b.
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Keywords: Rhenium; Schiff-base ligand; density functional theory; electrochemistry; fluorescence

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Chemistry, Tripura University, Tripura, India 2: Department of Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry Section, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India 3: Division of Chemistry & Biological Chemistry, SPMS-CBC-01-18D, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Publication date: January 17, 2016

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