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Title: Palladium bis-pincer complexes with controlled rigidity and inter-metal distance
We report a series of redox-active bis(pincer) Pd( ii ) complexes in which the redox active units are based on either a diarylamido or a carbazolide framework. Compounds 1 and 2 contain two full diarylamido/bis(pincer) PNP units connected either via an Ar–O–Ar linker ( 1 ) or an Ar–Ar bond ( 2 ). Compound 3 is a fused bis(pincer) where the two PNP units share an aromatic ring. Compound 4 is built around an indolo[3,2- b ]carbazole core in which two NNN pincers share an aromatic ring similarly to 3 . These metal complexes all display two reversible oxidation waves with the Δ E values increasing in the order of 1 < 2 < 4 < 3 . The same trend in increasing electronic coupling emerges from the analysis of the IV-CT bands in the NIR portion of the optical spectra. The analysis of these compounds was further advanced by data from EPR spectroscopy, X-ray diffractometry, and DFT calculations. It is concluded that the monooxidized cations 2+–4+ belong to Class III on the Robin-Day classification of mixed-valence compounds. Compound 4 possesses enforced near-planarity that enables delocalization of the unpaired electron in 4+ across a broader conjugated system compared to 3+ .  more » « less
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Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers
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4357 to 4366
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National Science Foundation
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