Ruthenium(II) complexes with chelated RCE2- ions (E = O or S) bearing 1-(diphenylphosphino)-2-(2-pyridyl)ethane (ppye). Crystal structures of cis,trans-[Ru(RCO2)(ppye)2]PF6 (R = H or CH3)

Alessandro Del Zotto, Eliana Rocchini, Fabio Pichierri, Ennio Zangrando, Pierluigi Rigo

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

12 Citations (Scopus)


The Ru(II) carboxylates c,t-[Ru(RCO2)(ppye)2]PF6 [ppye = 1-(diphenylphosphino)-2-(2-pyridyl)ethane; R = H, CH3, CF3, cyclo-C6H11, and C6H5] have been prepared from c,t,c-[Ru(CH3CN)2(ppye)2](PF6)2 by reaction with RCO2Na salts. The complexes have been characterised in solution by multinuclear NMR, and the structure in the solid state for both acetate and formate has been determined by X-ray diffraction analysis. Complex c,t-[Ru(HCO2)(ppye)2]PF6 undergoes substitution of CO2 with CS2 affording c,t-[Ru(HCS2)(ppye)2]PF6, which is converted into the stable t,c via the c,c isomer. Complexes c,t-[Ru(RCS2)(ppye)2]PF6 [R = CH3CH2O or (CH3)2N] have also been prepared and characterised. Both species slowly isomerise into the stable c,c derivatives. A variable-temperature 1H NMR investigation has evidenced a fluxional behaviour in solution of all complexes of the type c,t-[Ru(RCE2)(ppye)2]PF6 (E = O or S), which is ascribable to a restricted rotation of phenyl rings of ppye. The protonation reaction of c,t-[Ru(CH3CO2)(ppye)2]+ has also been studied. Dicationic c,t-[RuL2(ppye)2]2+ complexes are formed when HBF4 is used in the presence of a coordinating solvent L [L = CH3CN or (CH3)2SO]. Conversely, carboxylic acids stronger than CH3CO2H react with c,t-[Ru(CH3CO2)(ppye)2]+ affording c,t-[Ru(RCO2)(ppye)2]+ complexes. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science S.A.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-191
Number of pages12
JournalInorganica Chimica Acta
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Mar 15
Externally publishedYes


  • Carboxylate complexes
  • Crystal structures
  • P,N-ligand complexes
  • Ruthenium complexes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


Dive into the research topics of 'Ruthenium(II) complexes with chelated RCE<sub>2</sub><sup>-</sup> ions (E = O or S) bearing 1-(diphenylphosphino)-2-(2-pyridyl)ethane (ppye). Crystal structures of cis,trans-[Ru(RCO<sub>2</sub>)(ppye)<sub>2</sub>]PF<sub>6</sub> (R = H or CH<sub>3</sub>)'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this