Dimerisation of Fe bisdithiolene complexes; An electrochemical study
Inorganica Chimica Acta
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An electrochemical study of the dimerisation of the [Fe(qdt)2]22− and [Fe(mnt)2]22− iron complexes in dichloromethane, dimethylformamide and acetonitrile, by cyclic voltammetry and ionic conductivity is reported. Ionic conductivity measurements indicate an increased dissociation of the dimers in dimethylformamide and acetonitrile compared to dichloromethane. In [Fe(mnt)2] in dichloromethane, only dimer oxidation processes are observed in cyclic voltammetry, while in [Fe(qdt)2] both dimeric and monomeric species are involved in redox processes. In acetonitrile and DMF the observed processes correspond to the dissociated monomeric species only. This study demonstrates the major role of the nature of the solvent in the monomer/dimer equilibrium in solution, which appears more easily shifted towards dissociation in the complex with qdt ligands than with mnt and is favoured by N- and O-containing solvents.
This work was partially supported FCT (Portugal) through contracts PTDC/QUI/101788/2008 and PTDC/QEQ-SUP/1413/2012.
Vol. 426, pp. 160-164