Conversion of tetrahedral to octahedral structures upon solvent coordination: studies on the M[(OPPh2)(SePPh2)N](2) (M = Co, Ni) and [Ni{(OPPh2)(EPPh2)N}(2)(dmf)(2)] (E = S, Se) complexes

Eleftherios Ferentinos, Dimitrios Maganas, Catherine P. Raptopoulou, Aris Terzis, Vassilis Psycharis, Neil Robertson, Panayotis Kyritsis

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The synthesis of the M[(OPPh2)(SePPh2)N](2), M = Co (1), Ni (2) complexes was accomplished by metathetical reactions between the corresponding M(II) salts and the deprotonated form of the dichalcogenated imidodiphosphinato ligand [(OPPh2)(SePPh2)(N)](-). X-Ray crystallography revealed a pseudo-tetrahedral MO2Se2 coordination sphere, owing to the asymmetric (O,Se) nature of the chelating ligand. Slow diffusion of the coordinating solvent dimethylformamide into dichloromethane solutions of Ni[(OPPh2)(SPPh2)N](2) or 2, afforded the pseudo-octahedral trans-[Ni{(OPPh2)(EPPh2)N}(2)(dmf)(2)], E = S (3), Se (4) complexes, respectively. UV-vis spectra provided evidence that, in solution, complexes 3 and 4 revert to the corresponding pseudo-tetrahedral complexes, most likely due to the removal of the dmf molecules from the coordination sphere. The IR spectra of all complexes reflect the structural features observed by X-ray crystallography. The magnetic properties of the S = 3/2 complex 1, as well as the S = 1 complexes 2, 3 and 4, were extensively studied, and the magnitude of their g and zero-field splitting D parameters was estimated. The reported structures establish a structural transformation of tetrahedral to octahedral geometry of Ni(II) complexes bearing asymmetric imidodiphosphinate ligands, upon recrystallization from coordinating solvents. The structural correlations between the Ni(II) coordination spheres are aided by DFT and ab initio multi-configuration MCSCF calculations, which investigate the corresponding interconversion pathways. In addition, the calculations provide descriptions of the bonding interactions in the octahedral Ni(II) complexes, as well as predictions of their D values.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-180
Number of pages12
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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