A series of complexes with the formula [MnIII/IV 2(μ-O)2(L)2(X)2]3+ have been prepared in situ from MnIILCl2 precursors by a general preparative method (L = terpy, Cl-terpy, Br-terpy, Ph-terpy, tolyl-terpy, mesityl-terpy, tBu3-terpy, EtO-terpy, py-phen, dpya, Me2N-terpy, or HO-terpy, and X = a labile ligand such as water, chloride, or sulfate). The parent complex, where L = terpy and X = water, is a functional model for the oxygen-evolving complex of photosystem II (Limburg, et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2001, 123, 423-430). Crystals of MnII(dpya) Cl2, MnII(Ph-terpy)-Cl2, Mn II(mesityl-terpy)Cl2, and an organic-soluble di-μ-oxo di-aqua dimanganese complex, [MnIII/IV2(μ-O) 2(mesityl-terpy)2(OH2)2](NO 3)3, were obtained and characterized by X-ray crystallography. Solutions of the in situ-formed di-μ-oxo dimanganese complexes were characterized by electrospray mass spectrometry, EPR spectroscopy, and UV-visible spectroscopy, and the rates of catalytic oxygen-evolving activity were assayed. The use of MnIILCl2 precursors leads to higher product purity of the Mn dimers while achieving the 1:1 ligand to Mn stoichiometry appropriate for catalytic activity assay. These methods can be used to screen the catalytic activity of other di-μ-oxo dimanganese complexes generated by using a ligand library.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry