Chemistry of Constrained Dioxocyclam Ligands with Co(III): Unusual Examples of C-H and C-N Bond Cleavage
The reactions between H2dc3 and Co(acac)3 have been studied in the presence and absence of base. In the presence of base, a complex with an iniramolecular Co-C bond, Co(dc3-C-(8))(H2O), 1, is formed, presumably through heterolytic C-H bond activation. An X-ray crystallographic study demonstrates the presence of a Co-C bond and shows that the diazacyclooctane (daco) subunit adopts the chair-boat conformation with respect to the metal. The cobalt-carbon bond induces strain in the macrocycle as demonstrated by bond angles significantly deviating from tetrahedral. The 13C NMR resonance of the carbon atom bound to cobalt (-10.5 ppm) suggests significant ionic character in the cobalt-carbon bond. However, we were unable to cleave this bond in the presence of strong acid. In the absence of base, the reaction of Co(acac)3 with H2dc3 resulted in C-N cleavage of the ligand and the formation of a complex of dioxocyclam, Co(dc)(acac), 2. This complex has subsequently been prepared in high yield by the reaction of Co(acac)3 with dioxocyclam. An X-ray crystallographic study demonstrates that dioxocyclam adopts the heretofore unreported cis configuration, having folded along a N-Co-N axis that is perpendicular to the Co-acac plane.
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Hu, Chuanjiang; Chin, Robert M.; Nguyen, Thoi D.; Nguyen, Khoi T.; Wagenknecht, Paul S.; and Nathan, Lawrence C., "Chemistry of Constrained Dioxocyclam Ligands with Co(III): Unusual Examples of C-H and C-N Bond Cleavage" (2003). Faculty Publications. 3227.