Unexpected reversible pyrazine based methylation in a Ru(ii) complex bearing a pyrazin-2′-yl-1,2,4-triazolato ligand and its effect on acid/base and photophysical properties

Claire Brennan, Apparao Draksharapu, Wesley R. Browne, John J. McGarvey, Johannes G. Vos, Mary T. Pryce

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Abstract

The regioselective methylation of a ruthenium polypyridyl complex bearing both a 1,2,4-triazolato and a pyrazine moiety is reported. In contrast to previous studies in which methylation of the 1,2,4-triazolato ring was observed, in the present system methylation takes place exclusively at the non-coordinated nitrogen of the pyrazine ring. The monomethylation is confirmed by 1H NMR spectroscopy and ESI-MS and the electronic properties of the methylated complexes are studied by UV/vis absorption, emission, surface enhanced, resonance and transient resonance Raman spectroscopy. Ligand deuteriation is used to simplify the 1H NMR spectra and to assign definitively the Raman spectra. Acid-base studies show that the triazolato ring of the N-methylated complexes can be protonated at low pH and that at high pH the N-methyl group can be deprotonated reversibly. Furthermore it is shown that under conditions where the methyl group is deprotonated, demethylation occurs to recover the initial complex.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2546-2555
Number of pages10
JournalDalton Transactions
Volume42
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 21 2013

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