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Structures, Magnetochemistry, Spectroscopy, Theoretical Study, and Catechol Oxidase Activity of Dinuclear and Dimer-of-Dinuclear Mixed-Valence MnIIIMnII Complexes Derived from a Macrocyclic Ligand

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posted on 19.02.2016, 04:48 by Arpita Jana, Núria Aliaga-Alcalde, Eliseo Ruiz, Sasankasekhar Mohanta
The work in this paper presents syntheses, characterization, magnetic properties (experimental and density functional theoretical), catecholase activity, and electrospray ionization mass spectroscopic (ESI-MS positive) studies of two mixed-valence dinuclear MnIIIMnII complexes, [MnIIIMnIIL­(μ-O2CMe)­(H2O)2]­(ClO4)2·H2O·MeCN (1) and [MnIIIMnIIL­(μ-O2CPh)­(MeOH)­(ClO4)]­(ClO4) (2), and a MnIIIMnIIMnIIMnIII complex, [{MnIIIMnIIL­(μ-O2CEt)­(EtOH)}2(μ-O2CEt)]­(ClO4)3 (3), derived from the Robson-type macrocycle H2L, which is the [2 + 2] condensation product of 2,6-diformyl-4-methylphenol and 2,2-dimethyl-1,3-diaminopropane. In 1 and 2 and in two MnIIIMnII units in 3, the two metal centers are bridged by a bis­(μ-phenoxo)-μ-carboxylate moiety. The two MnII centers of the two MnIIIMnII units in 3 are bridged by a propionate moiety, and therefore this compound is a dimer of two dinuclear units. The coordination geometry of the MnIII and MnII centers are Jahn–Teller distorted octahedral and distorted trigonal prism, respectively. Magnetic studies reveal weak ferro- or antiferromagnetic interactions between the MnIII and MnII centers in 1 (J = +0.08 cm–1), 2 (J = −0.095 cm–1), and 3 (J1 = +0.015 cm–1). A weak antiferromagnetic interaction (J2 = −0.20 cm–1) also exists between the MnII centers in 3. DFT methods properly reproduce the nature of the exchange interactions present in such systems. A magneto-structural correlation based on Mn–O bridging distances has been proposed to explain the different sign of the exchange coupling constants. Utilizing 3,5-di-tert-butyl catechol (3,5-DTBCH2) as the substrate, catecholase activity of all the three complexes has been checked in MeCN and MeOH, revealing that all three are active catalysts with Kcat values lying in the range 7.5–64.7 h–1. Electrospray ionization mass (ESI-MS positive) spectra of the complexes 13 have been recorded in MeCN solutions, and the positive ions have been well characterized. ESI-MS positive spectrum of complex 1 in presence of 3,5-DTBCH2 has also been recorded, and a positive ion, [MnIIIMnIIL­(μ-3,5-DTBC2–)]+, having most probably a bridging catecholate moiety has been identified.