Mixed-Valence Properties of an Acetate-Bridged Dinuclear Ruthenium (II,III) Complex

Reiner Lomoth, Ann Magnusson, Yunhua Xu, Licheng Sun

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The mixed-valence dinuclear ruthenium complex [Ru2(bpmp)(-OAc)2]2+ (where bpmp is the phenolate anion of 2,6-bis[bis(2-pyridylmethyl) aminomethyl]-4-methylphenol, H-bpmp) has been studied by UV-Vis-NIR, IR, and EPR spectroscopic and electrochemical techniques. The Ru2II,III complex undergoes reversible one-electron reduction (E1/2 = -0.61 V vs Fc+/0) and oxidation (E1/2 = 0.09 V vs Fc+/0), resulting in the Ru2II,II and Ru2III,III complexes, respectively. A comproportionation constant of Kc = 1.10 × 1012 (Gc = -68 kJ mol-1) indicates considerable stability of the mixed-valence state. The paramagnetic complex displays a rhombic EPR spectrum (g1 = 2.492; g2 = 2.242; g3 = 1.855) arising from a ground state in a S = 1/2 low spin system in a low symmetry environment. Three intense, distinguishable intervalence bands are observed in the NIR to mid-IR spectrum of [Ru2(bpmp)(-OAc)2]2+ at 3765 cm-1 ( = 1840 M-1cm-1), 5615 cm-1 ( = 10590 M-1cm-1 ), and 7735 cm-1 ( = 3410 M-1cm-1). All intervalence bands are symmetric but more narrow than predicted for the classical limit and independent of solvent polarity. The results of the spectroscopic and electrochemical characterization indicate that [Ru2(bpmp)(-OAc)2]2+ is either electronically delocalized (class III, Hab = 1880 cm-1) or at the borderline between localization and delocalization (class II-III, Hab 590 cm-1) with rapid electron transfer (kET > 4 × 1012 s-1) decoupled from solvent reorientation but with a residual activation barrier (Ea 440 cm-1) from inner reorganization.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4373-4380
JournalThe Journal of Physical Chemistry Part A: Molecules, Spectroscopy, Kinetics, Environment and General Theory
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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