Mono- and dinuclear nickel(ii) complexes of resolved Schiff-base ligands with extended quinoline substituents

Dipesh Prema, Kayode Oshin, John Desper, Christopher J. Levy

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The coordination chemistry of four enantiopure tetradentate bis(iminoquinoline) ligands with nickel(ii) salts is reported. The previously reported ligands CBQ, CPQ, BBQ, and BPQ result from the condensation of (1R,2R)-cyclohexyldiamine or (R)-BINAM with two equivalents of 2-formylbenzo[h]quinoline or 8-isopropyl-2-quinolinecarboxaldehyde {CBQ = (1R,2R)-cyclohexanediamine-N,N′-bis(benzo[h]quinoline-2-ylmethylene), CPQ = (1R,2R)-cyclohexanediamine-N,N′-bis[[(8-isopropyl)-2-quinolinyl] methylene], BBQ = [(R)-1,1′-binaphthalene]-2,2′-diamine-N,N′- bis(benzo[h]quinoline-2-ylmethylene), BPQ = [(R)-1,1′-binaphthalene]-2, 2′-diamine-N,N′-bis[[(8-isopropyl)-2-quinolinyl]methylene]}. Reaction of NiI 2 with the (1R,2R)-cyclohexyl ligands gives the mononuclear distorted trigonal-bipyramidal (TBP) complexes [Ni(N 3-CBQ)I 2] and [Ni(N 3-CPQ)I 2]. Incomplete iodide abstraction from [Ni(N 3-CPQ)I 2] with AgOTf leads to partial replacement of the iodide with hydroxide from adventitious water to give [Ni(N 3-CPQ)I 1.6(OH) 0.4] (distorted TBP). The corresponding reaction with [Ni(N 3-CBQ)I 2] again fails to remove all of the iodide, resulting instead in conversion to the syn dinuclear [Ni 2(CBQ)(μ- X) 2I 2] (X = Cl 0.925I 0.075) complex, where chloride abstraction from the solvent (CH 2Cl 2) has resulted in a mixed halide system and the metal centers are square-pyramidal. Reaction of Ni(OTf) 2 with CBQ leads to the isolation of the octahedral cation [Ni(CMBQ) 2] 2+, with CMBQ [(1R,2R)-cyclohexanediamine-mono-N-(benzo[h]quinoline-2-ylmethylene)] being the partial hydrolysis product of CBQ. [Ni(CMBQ) 2][OTf] 2 crystallizes as a 1:1 mixture of P and M helical diastereomers. The coordination of NiI 2 with the (R)-BINAM derived ligands yields the anti dinuclear P-helical complexes [Ni 2(BBQ)(μ-I) 2I 2] and [Ni 2(BPQ)(μ-I) 2I 2]: one nickel ion is coordinated in each bidentate iminoquinoline pocket and the geometry at the metal centers is distorted square-pyramidal. Characterisation by 1H NMR, UV-Vis, electronic circular dichroism (ECD) spectroscopy, combustion analysis, and HRMS is reported in addition to structural and halide abstraction studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4998-5009
Number of pages12
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number16
StatePublished - Apr 28 2012
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Inorganic Chemistry


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