The tridentate ligand N-methyl-N,N-bis(2-pyridylmethyl)amine (L) has been employed to synthesize a dinuclear Co(II)Co(III) mixed-valence complex containing μ-methoxo and μ-carboxylato bridging ligands, [LCo II(μ-carboxylato)bis(μ-methoxo)CoIIIL](ClO 4)2. In this complex, the two pseudo-octahedral Co centers have an identical ligand environment, yet the average Co-N and Co-O bond distances at the two Co ions differ significantly. Electrochemical, spectroscopic, and magnetic susceptibility measurements confirm that it belongs to a localized Class II mixed-valence system, despite the presence of a short Co•••Co distance of 3.021 Å. Oxidation of this Co(II)Co(III) complex leads to formation of the corresponding Co(III)Co(III) complex that was characterized structurally and spectroscopically. In addition, dinuclear and trinuclear μ-hydroxo Co(III) complexes have been obtained in the presence of phosphate anions and absence of methanol, respectively, suggesting that an additional bridging ligand is needed to stabilize the Co IIIbis(μ-hydroxo)CoIII fragment. Moreover, the ability of the mixed-valence Co(II)Co(III) complex and the three related Co(III) complexes to electrocatalytically oxidize water was also investigated. The observed limited water oxidation catalytic ability for these systems suggests that a multinuclear Co cluster and/or presence of O-rich ligands may be needed for the generation of efficient molecular Co-based water oxidation catalysts.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry