Toward Multifunctional Mo(VI−IV) Complexes: cis-Dioxomolybdenum(VI) Complexes Containing Hydrogen-Bond Acceptors or Donors Academic Article uri icon


  • The complexes cis-TpiPrMoVIO2(OAr-R) (TpiPr=hydrotris(3-isopropylpyrazol-1-yl)borate, -OAr-R=hydrogen-bonding phenolate derivative) are formed upon reaction of TpiPrMoO2Cl, HOAr-R, and NEt3 in dichloromethane. The orange, diamagnetic, dioxo-Mo(VI) complexes exhibit strong nu(MoO2) IR bands at ca. 935 and 900 cm(-1) and NMR spectra indicative of Cs symmetry. They undergo electrochemically reversible, one-electron reductions at potentials in the range -0.836 to -0.598 V vs SCE; the only exception is the 2-CO2Ph derivative, which exhibits an irreversible reduction at -0.924 V. The complexes display distorted octahedral geometries, with a cis arrangement of terminal oxo ligands and with d(Mo=O)av=1.695 A and angle(MoO2)av=103.2 degrees. The R groups of the 2-CHO and 2-NHCOMe derivatives are directed away from the oxo groups and into a cleft in the TpiPr ligand; these derivatives are characterized by Mo-O-Cipso angles of ca. 131 degrees (conformation 1). The R group(s) in the 2-CO2Me and 2,3-(OMe)2 derivatives lie above the face of the three O-donor atoms (directed away from the TpiPr ligand) and the complexes display Mo-O-Cipso angles of 153.1(2) and 149.7(2) degrees, respectively (conformation 2). Conformations 1 and 2 are both observed in the positionally disordered 2-COMe and 2-COEt derivatives, the two conformers having Mo-O-Cipso angles of 130-140 and >150 degrees, respectively. The 3-COMe and 3-NEt2 derivatives have substituents that project away from the TpiPr ligand and Mo-O-Cipso angles of 134.2(2) and 147.7(2) degrees, respectively. Many of the complexes exhibit fluxional behavior on the NMR time scale, consistent with the rapid interconversion of two conformers in solution.

publication date

  • February 2008