Electronic Control of RuII Complexes with Proximal Oxophilic Phenylselenium Tethers: Synthesis, Characterization, and Activation of Molecular Oxygen

Kaiji Shen, Haviv Ben-David, Alexander Laskavy, Gregory Leitus, Linda J W Simon, Ronny Neumann

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Various ruthenium(II) complexes with proximal oxophilic phenylselenium groups of the general formula [RuIILALB]X2 {LA = LB = 6,6′-bis[(4-methoxyphenyl)selanyl]-2,2′-bipyridine; 6,6′-bis[(nitrophenyl)selanyl]-2,2′-bipyridine; 3,6-bis(phenylselanyl)dipyrido[3,2-a:2′,3′-c]phenazine; LA = 6,6′-bis(phenylselanyl)-2,2′-bipyridine, LB = terpyridine} were prepared. The substitution patterns of these compounds were designed to have different electron-withdrawing/-donating properties or different binding motifs in comparison to the previously reported compound with LA = LB = 6,6′-bis(phenylselanyl)-2,2′-bipyridine. The research objective was to evaluate the potential of these compounds to activate ground-state molecular oxygen to form higher-valent Ru–O–Se bonds by cleavage of the O–O bond of O2. All of the compounds prepared indeed activated O2 to form Ru–O–Se moieties, as observable by UV/Vis spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, or X-ray crystallography.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2757-2763
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2016



  • N ligands
  • Oxygen
  • O–O activation
  • Ruthenium
  • Selenium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry

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