Photochemical Resolution of a Thermally Inert Cyclometalated Ru(phbpy)(N-N)(Sulfoxide) + Complex

L.N. Lameijer, C. Van De Griend, S.L. Hopkins, A.-G. Volbeda, S.H.C. Askes, M.A. Siegler, S. Bonnet

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© 2018 American Chemical Society. In this work a photosubstitution strategy is presented that can be used for the isolation of chiral organometallic complexes. A series of five cyclometalated complexes Ru(phbpy)(N-N)(DMSO-κS)](PF 6 ) ([1]PF 6 -[5]PF 6 ) were synthesized and characterized, where Hphbpy = 6′-phenyl-2,2′-bipyridyl, and N-N = bpy (2,2′-bipyridine), phen (1,10-phenanthroline), dpq (pyrazino[2,3-f][1,10]phenanthroline), dppz (dipyrido[3,2-a:2′,3′-c]phenazine, or dppn (benzo[i]dipyrido[3,2-a,2′,3′-c]phenazine), respectively. Due to the asymmetry of the cyclometalated phbpy - ligand, the corresponding [Ru(phbpy)(N-N)(DMSO-κS)] + complexes are chiral. The exceptional thermal inertness of the Ru-S bond made chiral resolution of these complexes by thermal ligand exchange impossible. However, photosubstitution by visible light irradiation in acetonitrile was possible for three of the five complexes ([1]PF 6 -[3]PF 6 ). Further thermal coordination of the chiral sulfoxide (R)-methyl p-tolylsulfoxide to the photoproduct [Ru(phbpy)(phen)(NCMe)]PF 6 , followed by reverse phase HPLC, led to the separation and characterization of the two diastereoisomers of [Ru(phbpy)(phen)(MeSO(C 7 H 7 ))]PF 6 , thus providing a new photochemical approach toward the synthesis of chiral cyclometalated ruthenium(II) complexes. Full photochemical, electrochemical, and frontier orbital characterization of the cyclometalated complexes [1]PF 6 -[5]PF 6 was performed to explain why [4]PF 6 and [5]PF 6 are photochemically inert while [1]PF 6 -[3]PF 6 perform selective photosubstitution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)352-362
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes


NWO−CW (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) is kindly acknowledged for a VIDI grant to S.B. The European Research Council is kindly acknowledged for an ERC starting grant to S.B. The COST action CM1105 is acknowledged for stimulating scientific discussions. Dr. Jordi-Amat Cuello Garibo is kindly acknowledged for help with CD measurements. Prof. E. Bouwman is kindly acknowledged for support and scientific discussions.

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Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research
European Research Council
Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek


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