Pentacoordinate cobalt(III) thiolate and nitrosyl tropocoronand compounds.
Reaction of [Co(TC-n,m)]+ with (Me4N)(SC6F5), where (TC-n,m) is a tropocoronand with n and m linker chain methylene groups, yielded the thiolate complexes [Co(SC6F5)(TC-3,3)] (1a), and [Co(SC6F5)(TC-4,4)] (2a), which were structurally characterized. Use of more electron-releasing thiolates afforded the [Co(TC-n,m)] reduction product and the corresponding disulfide. The bent nitrosyl complexes [Co(NO)(TC-3,3)] (1b) and [Co(NO)(TC-4,4)] (2b) were synthesized from [Co(TC-n,m)] and NO and their structures were also determined. Compounds 1a and 1b have square-pyramidal geometry like all other structurally characterized [MX(TC-3,3)] complexes. Compounds 2a and 2b have trigonal-bipyramidal stereochemistry, formerly rare for Co(III). Although 1a, 1b, and 2a are paramagnetic, 2b is diamagnetic due to the strong antibonding pi-interaction between the metal and NO pi* orbitals. In the presence of excess NO, [Co(TC-4,4)] exhibited novel reactivity in which a putative Co(N2) adduct formed.
Franz, KJ; Doerrer, LH; Spingler, B; Lippard, SJ
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