Syntheses, characterizations and theoretical calculations of rhodium(III) 1,2-naphthoquinone-1-oxime complexes

Yi Nan Liu, Wan Zhen Liang, Xiao Guang Sang, Yu Qiu Huo, Lap Sze-to, Ka Fu Yung, Xiao Xia Liu

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Rhodium(III) complexes of 1,2-naphthoquinone-1-oxime (1-nqo) [Rh(1-nqo)L2Cl2] 1-3 [1, L = 4-methylpyridine (mpy); 2, L = 4-phenylpyridine (ppy); 3, L = 4-acetylpyridine (apy)] were prepared. The structure of complex 1 is analyzed by single crystal X-ray crystallography. All of the complexes were characterized by mass spectrometry,1H-1H COSY NMR and FT-IR. UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry were employed to investigate the electronic transition behaviors of the complexes. The complexes displayed irreversible metal-localized two-electron reductions from RhIIIto RhIon the cyclic voltammogram. While the low-energy absorptions at λmaxof 488-490 nm on the UV-Vis spectra of the complexes were related to metal to 1-nqo ligand charge transfer [MLCT, dπ(Rh) → π*(1-nqo)] and chloride to 1-nqo ligand charge transfer [LLCT, pπ(Cl) → π*(1-nqo)] based on the theoretical calculations using time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)949-956
Number of pages8
JournalInorganica Chimica Acta
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Crystal structure
  • DFT calculation
  • Electrochemistry
  • Electronic spectroscopy
  • Rhodium complex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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