Non-sterical stabilization of one-electron-oxidized NiSalen complex by thiophene core

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Oxidation of nickel salen complexes results in highly reactive species, undergoing polymerisation within microseconds. As a result, oxidation chemistry of NiSalens is available only for sterically hindered complexes. In the present work, an unexpectedly high stability of a nickel complex with a thiophene-based salen ligand was reported and studied. Based on the electrochemical and spectroscopic studies supported by quantum chemical calculations, a rationale for the stability of oxidized nickel complexes with thiophene-based salen ligands was proposed. The introduction of the thiophene core leads to a depletion of spin density on peripheral carbon atoms of the oxidized complex, which switches off its intermolecular reactivity. Instead of this, the initial ligand-centered radical cation undergoes an intramolecular process, namely intervalence tautomerisation, which leads to a highly stable metal-centered oxidized state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14425-14431
Number of pages7
JournalNew Journal of Chemistry
Issue number32
StatePublished - 28 Aug 2021

Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Chemistry


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