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Single Crystal-to-Single Crystal Irreversible Transformation from a Discrete Vanadium(V)−Alcoholate to an Aldehydic-Vanadium(IV) Oligomer

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posted on 2010-11-17, 00:00 authored by Pabitra Baran Chatterjee, Anandalok Audhya, Subhajit Bhattacharya, Sk Md Towsif Abtab, Kisholoy Bhattacharya, Muktimoy Chaudhury
An unprecedented single crystal-to-single crystal transformation occurs when a binuclear oxovanadium(V) compound [VV2O2(L)2] 1 involving 2,6-bis(hydroxymethyl)-p-cresol (H3L) as a bridging ligand is exposed simultaneously to white light and aerial oxygen to generate an oligomeric compound [VIV2O2(L*)2] 2 (H2L* is 3-hydroxymethyl-5-methylsalicylaldehyde). Each vanadium(V) center in 1 is reduced to vanadium(IV) in 2 at the expense of a two-electron alcohol-to-aldehyde oxidation in the coordinated ligand. The additional electron being released is possibly consumed by molecular oxygen to generate hydrogen peroxide.