Heterometallic ferrocene-rhenium complexes linked by an aminoethylglycine scaffold

Lauren A. Levine, Srećko I. Kirin, Carl P. Myers, Scott A. Showalter, Mary Elizabeth Williams

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Using mono- and 1,n′-disubstituted ferrocenecarboxylic acid, the aminoethylglycine (aeg) derivatives Fe[C5H4-CO-aeg-OtBu] [C5H5] (1) and Fe[C5H4-CO-aeg-OtBu] 2 (2) have been synthesized. Complexes 1 and 2 are further reacted to substitute the aeg with the nitrogen-containing ligands dpa-ph-CO2H or py-AcOH to yield complexes 3-6. Each of these is treated with Re(CO) 5Cl to assemble heterometallic structures 3Re-6 Re. These are subsequently isolated and characterized by NMR and mass spectrometry, FTIR, UV/Vis absorbance, and fluorescence emission spectroscopy, and separately by electrochemistry. All of the compounds exhibit the characteristic redox properties of the ferrocene moiety; in the heterometallic compounds, an irreversible oxidative wave is attributed to the Re. The electrochemically determined diffusion coefficients of the compounds confirm that the as-prepared structures are discrete assemblies and not coordination polymers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)613-621
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Inorganic Chemistry


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