• D Saravanabharathi

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    • Is copper(I) really soft? Probing the hardness of Cu(I) with pyridinecarboxaldehyde ligands

      D Saravanabharathi M Nethaji A G Samuelson

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      Cu(I) complexes of formula Cu(PPh3)2LClO4 [L = 2 or 3 pyridine carboxaldehyde] are synthesised and characterised to explore the coordination of an aldehyde, a hard and neutral oxygen donor to a soft Cu(I) centre. The structural and spectroscopic results illustrate that only in 2-pyridinecarboxaldehyde, the ‘C=O’ group coordinates to soft Cu(I) centres due to a favourable chelate effect, while in 3-pyridinecarboxaldehyde, it remains uncoordinated. Upon chelation via N and O donors, 2-pyridinecarboxaldehyde resembles bipyridine or phenanthroline in terms of its bite angle and spectroscopic features. Such chelation can be easily challenged with coordinating anions like bromide, or more basic pyridines. A drastic change in the MLCT absorption signals the decomplexation of the ‘C=O’ group. The observed results point out that the Cu(I) centre can readily exchange the hard ‘O’ donor for softer ligands.

    • Rhodium(I) complexes of α-keto-stabilised 1,2-bis(diphenylphosphino)alkane mono ylides

      D Saravanabharathi T S Venkatakrishnan M Nethaji S S Krishnamurthy

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      Rhodium(I) complexes of the hybrid ylide-phosphine ligands, Ph2P(CH2)nPPh2(CHC(O)C6H5) (n = 1: dppm-yl, or 2: dppe-yl) have been synthesised from [Rh(μ-C1)(COD)]2 (COD = 1,5-cyclooctadiene) and characterized by NMR spectroscopic and X-ray structural methods. The dppe-yl behaves as an ambidentate ligand; it functions as a monodentate P-donor ligand with a dangling ylidic carbon in the neutral chloro complex, [(COD)Rh(Cl)(dppe-yl)] (1), whereas replacement of the chloride by a non-coordinating counter anion results in the formation of the complexes, [(COD)Rh(L-L’)]+ (L-L’ = dppe-yl (2) or dppm-yl (3)) respectively in which the ligands are bonded to the metal via the phosphorus and the ylidic carbon atoms. The 1,5-cyclooctadiene (COD), present in the Rh(I) precursor, remains intact in the products. The structures of1,2 and3 have been confirmed by X-ray crystallography.

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