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Chemical, Electrochemical, and Structural Aspects of the Ruthenium Complexes Ru(η-arene)Cl2(P) (Where Arene = Benzene, [2.2]Paracyclophane and P = Triphenylphosphine, rac-[2.2]Paracyclophanylphosphine)

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posted on 07.02.2002, 00:00 by Rajiv Bhalla, Clive J. Boxwell, Simon B. Duckett, Paul J. Dyson, David G. Humphrey, Jonathan W. Steed, Priya Suman
Reaction of diphenyl[2.2]paracyclophanylphosphine, rac-PPh2(C16H15) (1), with [Ru(η-arene)Cl2]2 (where arene = C6H6, [2.2]paracyclophane (C16H16)) in a 2:1 ratio affords the half-sandwich complexes Ru(η-arene)Cl2{PPh2(C16H15)} (arene = C6H6 (2), C16H16 (3)) in high yield. In solution, the structures of 2 and 3 have been probed and assigned using 2D NMR spectroscopy and the structure of the [2.2]paracyclophane derivative, 3, has been established in the solid-state by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Cyclic voltammetry and steady-state voltammetry of 2 in 0.25 M [nBu4N][PF6]/CH2Cl2 shows that the complex undergoes a chemically reversible, one-electron oxidation and an irreversible, two-electron reduction. The voltammetry of the related complex [Ru(η6-C6H6)Cl2(PPh3)] (4), recorded under analogous conditions, is similar both in terms of the processes displayed and the potentials at which they occur.