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Electronic Structure and Spectra of Linkage Isomers of Bis(bipyridine)(1,2-dihydroxy-9,10-anthraquinonato)ruthenium(II) and Their Redox Series

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posted on 19.04.2004, 00:00 by Antonietta DelMedico, Elaine S. Dodsworth, A. B. P. Lever, William J. Pietro
Linkage isomers of bis(bipyridine)(1,2-dihydroxy-9,10-anthraquinonato)ruthenium(II), 1,2- and 1,9-coordinated complexes, and several of their oxidation products have been prepared chemically and/or electrochemically. For the 1,2-coordinated complex, the one- and two-electron oxidized species have been characterized, and for the 1,9-coordinated complex, the one-electron oxidized species has been characterized. The rich redox activity of these complexes leads to ambiguity in assessing the electronic structure. This paper reports EPR spectra of odd-electron species and detailed analyses of electronic spectra and structure of the complexes, based on INDO molecular orbital calculations. Results of calculations on the related 1-hydroxyanthraquinone complex and the free ligands,1,2-dihydroxy-9,10-anthraquinone (alizarin) and 1-hydroxyanthraquinone, are also briefly discussed.