Synthesis and reactivity of osmium (VI) nitrido complexes containing pyridine-carboxylato ligands

Chi Fai Leung, Douglas T.Y. Yiu, Wing Tak Wong, Shie Ming Peng, Tai Chu Lau

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A series of osmium(VI) nitrido complexes containing pyridine-carboxylato ligands OsVI(N)(L)2X (L = pyridine-2carboxylate (1), 2-quinaldinate (2) and X = Cl (a), Br (1b and 2c) or CH3O (2b)) and [OsVI(N)(L)X3]-(L = pyridine-2,6-dicarboxylate (3) and X = Cl (a) or Br (b)) have been synthesised. Complexes 1 and 2 are electrophilic and react readily with various nucleophiles such as phosphine, sulfide and azide. Reaction of OsVI(N)(L)2X (1 and 2) with triphenylphosphine produces the osmium(IV) phosphiniminato complexes OsVI(NPPh3)(L)2X (4 and 5). The kinetics of nitrogen atom transfer from the complexes OsVI(N)(L)2Br (2c) (L = 2-quinaldinate) with triphenylphosphine have been studied in CH3CN at 25.0 °C by stopped-flow spectrophotometric method. The following rate law is obtained: -d[Os(VI)]/dt = k2[Os(VI)][PPh3]. OsVI(N)(L)2Cl (L = 2-quinaldinate) (2a) reacts also with [PPN](N3) to give an osmium(III) dichloro complex, trans-[PPN][OsIII(L)2Cl2] (6). Reaction of OsVI(N)(L)2Cl (L = 2-quinaldinate) (2a) with lithium sulfide produces an osmium(II) thionitrosyl complex OsII(NS)(L)2Cl (7). These complexes have been structurally characterised by X-ray crystallography.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3576-3582
Number of pages7
JournalInorganica Chimica Acta
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • 2-Quinaldinate
  • Osmium(VI) nitride
  • Phosphiniminate
  • Pyridine-2-carboxylate
  • Thionitrosyl

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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