Synthesis, Characterization and X-Ray Crystal Structure of a Cobalt(III) Complex with 2-Bis(pyridine-2-carboxamido)-4,5-dimethylbenzene Ligand

Document Type: Research Paper

Authors

1 Isfahan University of Technology

2 Vienna University of Technology, Austria

3 Department of Chemistry, University of Tehran

Abstract

An octahedral cobalt(III) complex, trans-[(Me2bpb)Co(bzlan)2]ClO4 (1), with H2Me2bpb = N,N’-(4,5-dimethyl-1,2-phenylene)dipicolinamide and bzlan = benzylamine, has been synthesized and characterized by elemental analyses, IR, UV-Vis, and 1H NMR spectroscopy. The structure of this complex has been determined by X-ray crystallography. The Me2bpb2– is a di-anionic tetradentate ligand furnishing a N4 set, such that two N atoms of the two pyridine rings and two amido N atoms occupy four equatorial positions. The two benzylamine ligands occupy the two axial positions leading to a distorted octahedral geometry around the central cobalt ion. The electrochemical behavior of this complex in acetonitrile solution indicates that the irreversible oxidation of 4,5-dimethylorthophenylene moiety and reduction of pyridine rings of the free ligand appear as reversible waves in the cyclic voltammogram of its cobalt(III) complex. Concomitant CoIII/CoII redox process and solvolysis in acetonitrile solution is observed. This irreversible redox process becomes reversible in the presence of excess benzylamine.

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