Electrochemical properties of [MnIII(terpy)(N3)3] (terpy = 2, 2′:6′, 2″-terpyridine) in CH3CN electrogeneration of dimanganese(II) di-μ-azido and dimanganese(IV) di-μ-oxo complexes

C. Baffert, H. Chen, R. H. Crabtree, G. W. Brudvig, M. N. Collomb

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The electrochemical behavior of [MnIII(terpy)(N3)3] (1) (terpy = 2, 2′:6′, 2″-terpyridine), a structural model of the azide complex of the manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD), has been investigated in acetonitrile (CH3CN) solution. In CH3CN containing either 0.1 M tetra-n-butylammonium perchlorate (Bu4NClO4) or tetraethylammonium trifluoroacetate (Et4NCF3CO2) as supporting electrolytes, the cyclic voltammogram of 1 exhibits one quasi-reversible reduction wave at E1/2 = - 0.170 V versus Ag 10 mM Ag+ and one quasi-reversible oxidation wave at E1/2 = + 0.675 V. These are both one-electron waves, corresponding to the Mn(III)/Mn(II) and Mn(III)/Mn(IV) redox couples respectively. To evaluate the stability of the oxidized and reduced species of 1, exhaustive electrolyses have been carried out. Controlled-potential reductions at - 0.35 V of solutions of 1 in CH3CN containing 0.1 M Bu4NClO4 or 0.1 M Et4NCF3CO2 lead to the quantitative conversion of 1 into the bridging N3- dimanganese(II) complex, [(N3)(terpy)MnII(μ-N3)2Mn II(terpy)(N3)] (2). This transformation is chemically reversible by an oxidation process. Controlled-potential oxidation at 0.8 V of a solution of 1 in CH3CN + 0.1 M Bu4NClO4 produces a new mononuclear Mn(IV) complex characterized by electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy, which is stable only at or below - 15°C. If this oxidation is conducted in CH3CN + 0.1 M Et4NCF3CO2, the stable dimanganese(IV) di-μ-oxo complex [(CF3CO2)(terpy)MnIV(μ-O)2Mn IV(terpy)(CF3CO2)]2+ (3) is formed quantitatively owing to the presence of an excess of the coordinating CF3CO2- anions and residual H2O in the CH3CN solution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-105
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Electroanalytical Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 29 2001


  • Azide
  • Bridging ligands
  • Complex
  • Manganese
  • Molecular electrochemistry
  • Oxo-bridged complexes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Electrochemistry

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