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“Two-Story” Calix[6]arene-Based Zinc and Copper Complexes: Structure, Properties, and O 2 Binding

Abstract : A new “two-story” calix[6]arene-based ligand was synthesized, and its coordination chemistry was explored. It presents a tren cap connected to the calixarene small rim through three amido spacers. X-ray diffraction studies of its metal complexes revealed a six-coordinate ZnII complex with all of the carbonyl groups of the amido arms bound and a five-coordinate CuII complex with only one amido arm bound. These dicationic complexes were poorly responsive toward exogenous neutral donors, but the amido arms were readily displaced by small anions or deprotonated with a base to give the corresponding monocationic complexes. Cyclic voltammetry in various solvents showed a reversible wave for the CuII/CuI couple at very negative potentials, denoting an electron-rich environment. The reversibility of the system was attributed to the amido arms, which can coordinate the metal center in both its +II and +I redox states. The reversibility was lost upon anion binding to Cu. Upon exposure of the CuI complex to O2 at low temperature, a green species was obtained with a UV–vis signature typical of an end-on superoxide CuII complex. Such a species was proposed to be responsible for oxygen insertion reactions onto the ligand according to the unusual and selective four-electron oxidative pathway previously described with a “one-story” calix[6]tren ligand.
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Gael de Leener, Diana Over, Coryse Smet, Damien Cornut, Ana Gabriela Porras-Gutierrez, et al.. “Two-Story” Calix[6]arene-Based Zinc and Copper Complexes: Structure, Properties, and O 2 Binding. Inorganic Chemistry, 2017, 56 (18), pp.10971 - 10983. ⟨10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b01225⟩. ⟨hal-01624540⟩



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