Pd2L2 metallacycles as molecular containers for small molecules

MOE Laboratory of Bioinorganic and Synthetic Chemistry, State Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Materials and Technologies, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, 510275, China.
Dalton Transactions (Impact Factor: 4.2). 10/2010; 39(46):11171-9. DOI: 10.1039/c0dt00406e
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M(2)L(2) type metallacyclic complexes, [Pd(2)(L1)(2)Cl(4)]·1.5CH(2)Cl(2) (1), [Pd(2)(L1)(2)Cl(4)]·2CHCl(3) (2), [Pd(2)(L2)(2)Cl(4)]·2CH(2)Cl(2)·2CH(3)CN (3), [Pd(2)(L2)(2)Cl(4)]·2CHCl(3)·2CH(3)CN (4) and [Pd(2)(L3)(2)Cl(4)]·CH(2)Cl(2)·2CH(3)CN (5), have been prepared from three semi-rigid benzimidazol or benzotriazol ligands, 1,4-bis(benzimidazol-1-ylmethyl)-2,3,5,6-tetramethylbenzene (L1), 1,4-bis(5,6-dimethylbenzimidazol-1-ylmethyl)-2,3,5,6-tetramethylbenzene (L2) and 1,4-bis(benzotriazol-1-ylmethyl)-2,3,5,6-tetramethylbenzene (L3). All the complexes were structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction and the phase purity was confirmed by powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) measurements. The solution structure of representative complex 1 was studied by (1)H NMR titration and ESI mass spectroscopy. The thermal stability and guest-exchange properties of 1, 3 and 4 were investigated, revealing that the Pd(2)L(2) metallacycles can act as a selective receptor for CH(2)Cl(2) or CHCl(3) guest molecules. The catalytic activity of 1 in Suzuki-Miyaura coupling reaction was also studied and 1 could be recycled at least 5 times under heterogeneous conditions, indicative of a potential self-supported catalyst.

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