A1 Journal article (refereed)
Proton reduction by phosphinidene-capped triiron clusters (2021)

Rahaman, A., Lisensky, G. C., Haukka, M., Tocher, D. A., Richmond, M. G., Colbran, S. B., & Nordlander, E. (2021). Proton reduction by phosphinidene-capped triiron clusters. Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 943, Article 121816. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jorganchem.2021.121816

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All authors or editors: Rahaman, Ahibur; Lisensky, George C.; Haukka, Matti; Tocher, Derek A.; Richmond, Michael G.; Colbran, Stephen B.; Nordlander, Ebbe

Journal or series: Journal of Organometallic Chemistry

ISSN: 0022-328X

eISSN: 1872-8561

Publication year: 2021

Volume: 943

Article number: 121816

Publisher: Elsevier BV

Publication country: Netherlands

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jorganchem.2021.121816

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/76019


Bis(phosphinidene)-capped triiron carbonyl clusters, including electron rich derivatives formed by substitution with chelating diphosphines, have been prepared and examined as proton reduction catalysts. Treatment of the known cluster [Fe3(CO)9(µ3-PPh)2] (1) with various diphosphines in refluxing THF (for 5, refluxing toluene) afforded the new clusters [Fe3(CO)7(µ3-PPh)2(κ2-dppb)] (2), [Fe3(CO)7(µ3-PPh)2(κ2-dppv)] (3), [Fe3(CO)7(µ3-PPh)2(κ2-dppe)] (4) and [Fe3(CO)7(µ3-PPh)2(µ-κ2-dppf)] (5) in moderate yields, together with small amounts of the corresponding [Fe3(CO)8(µ3-PPh)2(κ1-Ph2PxPPh2)] cluster (x = -C4H6-, -C2H2-, -C2H4-, -C3H6-, -C5H4FeC5H4-). The molecular structures of complexes 3 and 5 have been established by X-ray crystallography. Complexes 1–5 have been examined as proton reduction catalysts in the presence of p-toluenesulfonic acid (p-TsOH) in CH2Cl2. Cluster 1 exhibits two one-electron quasi-reversible reduction waves at –1.39 V (ΔE = 195 mV) and at –1.66 V (ΔE = 168 mV; potentials vs. Fc+/Fc). Upon addition of p-TsOH the unsubstituted cluster 1 shows a first catalytic wave at –1.57 V and two further proton reduction processes at –1.75 and –2.29 V, each with a good current response. The diphosphine-substituted derivatives of 1 are reduced at more negative potentials than the parent cluster 1. Clusters 2–4 each exhibit an oxidation at ca. +0.1 V and a reduction at ca. –1.6 V; for 4 conversion to a redox active successor species is seen upon both oxidation and reduction. Clusters 2–4 show catalytic waves in the presence of p-TsOH, with cluster 4 exhibiting the highest relative catalytic current (icat/i0 ≈ 57) in the presence of acid, albeit at a new third reduction process not observed for 2 and 3. Addition of the dppf ligand to the parent diphosphinidene cluster 1 gave cluster 5 which exhibited a single reduction process at –1.95 V and three oxidation processes, all at positive values as compared to 2–4. Cluster 5 showed only weak catalytic activity for proton reduction with p-TsOH. The bonding in 4 was investigated by DFT calculations, and the nature of the radical anion and dianion is discussed with respect to the electrochemical data.

Keywords: electrocatalysis; catalysts; coordination complexes; iron; phosphorus; density functional theory

Free keywords: triiron; phosphinidine; electrocatalysis; proton reduction; DFT

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Reporting Year: 2021

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