Simple General Method of Generating Non-oxo, Non-amavadine Model Octacoordinated Vanadium(IV) Complexes of Some Tetradentate ONNO Chelating Ligands from Various Oxovanadium(IV/V) Compounds and Structural Characterization of One of Them

A simple general route of obtaining very stable octacoordinated non-oxovanadium(IV) complexes of the general formula VL2 (where H2L is a tetradentate ONNO donor) is presented. Six such complexes (16) are adequately characterized by elemental analysis, mass spectrometry, and various spectroscopic techniques. One of these compounds (1) has been structurally characterized. The molecule has crystallographic 4̄ symmetry and has a dodecahedral structure existing in a tetragonal space group Pn2. The non-oxo character and VL2 stoichiometry for all of the complexes are established from analytical and mass spectrometric data. In addition, the non-oxo character is clearly indicated by the complete absence of the strong νVO band in the 925−1025 cm-1 region, which is a signature of all oxovanadium species. The complexes are quite stable in open air in the solid state and in solution, a phenomenon rarely observed in non-oxovanadium(IV) or bare vanadium(IV) complexes.