Coordination reaction of the stable ground triplet biradical biphenyl-3,5-diyl bis(tert-butyl nitroxide) and [Gd(hfac)3(H2O)2] unexpectedly gave complexes containing a dimerized diamagnetic ligand via a [3+3] cycloaddition of the benzene rings (hfac = 1,1,1,5,5,5-hexafluoropentane-2,4-dionate). To avoid such dimerization, we introduced a bulkier substituent into the ligand; namely, a new ground triplet biradical 5-mesityl-1,3-phenylene bis(tert-butyl nitroxide) was applied to this complexation scheme. However, an unexpected complex was again obtained in a different way, and the magnetic study revealed that the novel ligand involved was diamagnetic. The crystallographic analysis of the product clarified isomerization from the paramagnetic ligand to a diamagnetic N-tert-butylaminoquinone imine N-oxide ligand as a result of disproportionation from two open-shell nitroxide groups to closed-shell groups, an amine and a nitrone. The present paper reports the first structural evidence for a diamagnetic isomer of m-phenylene-bridged bisnitroxde compounds.
Unexpected complexes from meta-phenylene bis(tert-butyl nitroxides) and gadolinium(III) 1,1,1,5,5,5-hexafluoropentane-2,4-dionate
Hiroyasu Sekine, Takayuki Ishida; Unexpected complexes from meta-phenylene bis(tert-butyl nitroxides) and gadolinium(III) 1,1,1,5,5,5-hexafluoropentane-2,4-dionate. AIP Conf. Proc. 22 January 2018; 1929 (1): 020022. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5021935
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