Multireversible redox processes in pentanuclear bis(triple-helical) manganese complexes featuring an oxo-centered triangular {Mn <sup>II</sup><inf>2</inf>Mn <sup>III</sup>(μ <inf>3</inf>-O)} <sup>5+</sup> or {Mn <sup>II</sup>Mn <sup>III</sup><inf>2</inf>(μ <inf>3</inf>-O)} <sup>6+</sup> core wrapped by two {Mn <sup>II</sup><inf>2</inf>(bpp) <inf>3</inf>} <sup>-</sup>

Sophie Romain, Jordi Rich, Cristina Sens, Thibaut Stoll, Jordi Benet-Buchholz, Antoni Llobet, Montserrat Rodriguez, Isabel Romero, Rodolphe Clérac, Corine Mathonière, Carole Duboc, Alain Deronzier, Marie Noëlle Collomb

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A new pentanuclear bis(triple-helical) manganese complex has been isolated and characterized by X-ray diffraction in two oxidation states: [{Mn II(μ-bpp) 3} 2Mn II2Mn III(μ-O)] 3+ (1 3+) and [{Mn II(μ-bpp) 3} 2Mn IIMn III2(μ-O)] 4+ (1 4+). The structure consists of a central {Mn 3(μ 3-O)} core of Mn II2Mn III (1 3+) or Mn IIMn III2 ions (1 4+) which is connected to two apical Mn II ions through six bpp - ligands. Both cations have a triple-stranded helicate configuration, and a pair of enantiomers is present in each crystal. The redox properties of 1 3+ have been investigated in CH 3CN. A series of five distinct and reversible one-electron waves is observed in the-1.0 and +1.50 V potential range, assigned to the Mn II4Mn III/Mn II5, Mn II3Mn III2/Mn II4Mn III, Mn II2Mn III3/Mn II3Mn III2, Mn IIMn III4/Mn II2Mn III3, and Mn III5/Mn IIMn III4 redox couples. The two first oxidation processes leading to Mn II3Mn III2 (1 4+) and Mn II2Mn III3 (1 5+) are related to the oxidation of the Mn II ions of the central core and the two higher oxidation waves, close in potential, are thus assigned to the oxidation of the two apical Mn II ions. The 1 4+ and 1 5+ oxidized species and the reduced Mn 4II (1 2+) species are quantitatively generated by bulk electrolyses demonstrating the high stability of the pentanuclear structure in four oxidation states (1 2+ to 1 5+). The spectroscopic characteristics (X-band electron paramagnetic resonance, EPR, and UV-visible) of these species are also described as well as the magnetic properties of 1 3+ and 1 4+ in solid state. The powder X- and Q-band EPR signature of 1 3+ corresponds to an S = 5/2 spin state characterized by a small zero-field splitting parameter (|D| = 0.071 cm -1) attributed to the two apical Mn II ions. At 40 K, the magnetic behavior is consistent for 1 3+ with two apical S = 5/2 {Mn II(bpp) 3} - and one S = 2 noninteracting spins (11.75 cm 3 K mol -1), and for 1 4+ with three S = 5/2 noninteracting spins (13.125 cm 3 K mol -1) suggesting that the {Mn II2Mn III(μ 3-O)} 5+ and {Mn IIMn III2(μ 3- O)} 6+ cores behave at low temperature like S = 2 and S = 5/2 spin centers, respectively. The thermal behavior below 40 K highlights the presence of intracomplex magnetic interactions between the two apical spins and the central core, which is antiferromagnetic for 1 3+ leading to an S T = 3 and ferromagnetic for 1 4+ giving thus an S T = 15/2 ground state. © 2011 American Chemical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8427-8436
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sep 2011

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