Linear Bidentate Ligands (L) with Two Terminal Pyridyl N-Donor Groups Forming Pt(II)LCl2 Complexes with Rare Eight-Membered Chelate Rings

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Copyright © 2018 American Chemical Society. NMR and X-ray diffraction studies were conducted on Pt(II)LCl2 complexes prepared with the new N-donor ligands N(SO2R)Mendpa (R = Me, Tol; n = 2, 4). These ligands differ from N(H)dpa (di-2-picolylamine) in having the central N within a tertiary sulfonamide group instead of a secondary amine group and having Me groups at the 6,6′-positions (n = 2) or 3,3′,5,5′-positions (n = 4) of the pyridyl rings. The N(SO2R)3,3′,5,5′-Me4dpa ligands are coordinated in a bidentate fashion in Pt(N(SO2R)3,3′,5,5′-Me4dpa)Cl2 complexes, forming a rare eight-membered chelate ring. The sulfonamide N atom did not bind to Pt(II), consistent with indications in the literature that tertiary sulfonamides are unlikely to anchor two meridionally coordinated five-membered chelate rings in solutions of coordinating solvents. The N(SO2R)6,6′-Me2dpa ligands coordinate in a monodentate fashion to form the binuclear complexes [trans-Pt(DMSO)Cl2]2(N(SO2R)6,6′-Me2dpa). The monodentate instead of bidentate N(SO2R)6,6′-Me2dpa coordination is attributed to 6,6′-Me steric bulk. These binuclear complexes are indefinitely stable in DMF-d7, but in DMSO-d6 the N(SO2R)6,6′-Me2dpa ligands dissociate completely. In DMSO-d6, the bidentate ligands in Pt(N(SO2R)3,3′,5,5′-Me4dpa)Cl2 complexes also dissociate, but incompletely; these complexes provide rare examples of association-dissociation equilibria of N,N bidentate ligands in Pt(II) chemistry. Like typical cis-PtLCl2 complexes, the Pt(N(SO2R)3,3′,5,5′-Me4dpa)Cl2 complexes undergo monosolvolysis in DMSO-d6 to form the [Pt(N(SO2R)3,3′,5,5′-Me4dpa)(DMSO-d6)Cl]+ cations. However, unlike typical cis-PtLCl2 complexes, the Pt(N(SO2R)3,3′,5,5′-Me4dpa)Cl2 complexes surprisingly do not react readily with the excellent N-donor bioligand guanosine. A comparison of the structural features of over 50 known relevant Pt(II) complexes having smaller chelate rings with those of the very few relevant Pt(II) complexes having eight-membered chelate rings indicates that the pyridyl rings in Pt(N(SO2R)3,3′,5,5′-Me4dpa)Cl2 complexes are well positioned to form strong Pt-N bonds. Therefore, the dissociation of the bidentate ligand and the poor biomolecule reactivity of the Pt(N(SO2R)3,3′,5,5′-Me4dpa)Cl2 complexes arise from steric consequences imposed by the -CH2-N(SO2R)-CH2- chain in the eight-membered chelate ring.

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Inorganic Chemistry

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