Ligand- and Metal-Based Reactivity of a Neutral Ruthenium Diolefin Diazadiene Complex: The Innocent, the Guilty and the Suspicious
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Coordination of the diazadiene diolefin ligand (trop2dad) to ruthenium leads to various complexes of composition [Ru(trop2dad)(L)]. DFT studies indicate that the closed‐shell singlet (CSS), open‐shell singlet (OSS), and triplet electronic structures of this species are close in energy, with the OSS spin configuration being the lowest in energy for all tested functionals. Singlet‐state CASSCF calculations revealed a significant multireference character for these complexes. The closed‐shell singlet wavefunction dominates, but these complexes have a significant (≈8–16 %) open‐shell singlet [d7‐RuI(L)(trop2dad.−)] contribution mixed into the ground state. In agreement with their ambivalent electronic structure, these complexes reveal both metal‐ and ligand‐centered reactivity. Most notable are the reactions with AdN3, diazomethane, and a phosphaalkyne leading to scission of the C−C bond of the diazadiene (dad) moiety of the trop2dad ligand, resulting in net (formal) nitrene, carbene, or P≡C insertion in the dad C−C bond, respectively. Supporting DFT studies revealed that several of the ligand‐based reactions proceed via low‐barrier radical‐type pathways, involving the dad.− ligand radical character of the OSS or triplet species. Show more
Journal / seriesChemistry - A European Journal
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Subjectazides; olefin ligands; redox chemistry; ruthenium; synthetic methods
Organisational unit03447 - Grützmacher, Hansjörg / Grützmacher, Hansjörg
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