Catalytic water oxidation by an in situ generated ruthenium nitrosyl complex bearing a bipyridine-bis(alkoxide) ligand

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12316-12323
Journal / PublicationDalton Transactions
Issue number35
Online published31 Jul 2021
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sep 2021


Oxidative degradation and transformation of catalysts are commonly observed in water oxidation by molecular catalysts, especially when a highly oxidizing reagent such as (NH4)2[Ce(NO3)6] [Ce(iv)] is used. We report herein the synthesis of a ruthenium(III) complex bearing an oxidative resistant bipyridine-bis(alkoxide) ligand, [Ru(bdalk)(pic)2](1, H2bdalk = 2,2′-([2,2′-bipyridine]-6,6′-diyl)bis(propan-2-ol), pic = 4-picoline) as a water oxidation catalyst (WOC). A ruthenium(II) nitrosyl complex [Ru(Hbdalk)(NO)(pic)2]2+ (3) was also formed during the water oxidation process by1/Ce(iv), and was isolated and structurally characterized. Complex was found to be an active WOC, with the nitrosyl group remaining intact during water oxidation.