A contribution to the coordination chemistry of 2,3,5,6-tetrakis(alpha-pyridyl)pyrazine (TPP): Synthesis, spectroscopy, electrochemistry, and density-functional study of {[MO(CO)(4)](2)(mu-TPP)}

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Bitzer, R. S.
Pereira, R. P.
Rocco, A. M.
Lopes, JGS
Santos, P. S.
Nascimento, MAC
Filgueiras, CAL
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The reaction between CiS-[Mo(CO)(4)(Piperidine)(2)] and 2,3,5,6-tetrakis(alpha-pyridyl)pyrazine (TPP) in the 3:1 (Mo:TPP) stoichiometric ratio afforded the organobimetallic compound {[Mo(CO)(4)](2)(mu L-TPP)} (1) in 89% yield. This complex has been characterized by elemental and thermogravimetric analyses, vibrational (FT-IR and FT-Raman) and electronic spectroscopy, and H-1 and C-13-CP/MAS NMR spectroscopy. NMR data have revealed that TPP coordinates to each metal at two adjacent pyridine nitrogen atoms, according to a rare bis-bidentate chelating mode. the cyclic voltammogram of 1 in DMF has shown an irreversible metal-based oxidation at +0.77 V versus SCE. A DFT/B3LYP study of two plausible molecular structures for 1 has been carried out in vacuum using the LACV3P(d,p) and LACV3P++(d,p) basis sets. This theoretical study has pointed to the structure with the MO(CO)4 moieties on opposite sides with respect to the pyrazine ring (trans isomer - C-2h symmetry) as the most stable one. the vibrational frequencies of the trans structure have been calculated at the B3LYP/LACV3P(d,p) level and compared with the FT-IR and FT-Raman spectra of 1. An excellent agreement between experimental and calculated frequencies was obtained. (c) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Journal of Organometallic Chemistry. Lausanne: Elsevier Science Sa, v. 691, n. 9, p. 2005-2013, 2006.