Synthesis, characterization, X-ray structure, and mixed-valence states of trans-dichlorotin(IV)-5,10,15,20-tetraferrocenylporphyrin

Pavlo Solntsev, Ben D. Neisen, Jared R. Sabin, Nikolay N. Gerasimchuk, Victor N. Nemykin

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Reaction between H2TFcP (TFcP2- is a dianion of 5,10,15,20-tetraferrocenylporphyrin) with tin(II) chloride results in formation of the trans-Cl2SnTFcP complex, which was characterized by UV-vis, MCD, 1H and 13C NMR, and APCI MS methods. X-ray single crystal analysis was used to determine the structure of the target compound. Crystallography reveals a very unusual α,α,β,β- conformation of the ferrocene groups and largely planar structure of the porphyrin macrocycle. Density functional theory calculations predict that the HOMO in trans-Cl2SnTFcP is predominantly ferrocene centered, while LUMO is primarily localized over the porphyrin core. Redox properties of the trans-Cl2SnTFcP complex were investigated using electrochemical (CV and DPV), spectroelectrochemical, and chemical oxidation approaches. Electrochemical experiments conducted in low-polarity solvent using non-coordinating electrolyte reveal the sequential oxidation of ferrocene substituents along with porphyrin-based single-electron oxidation and reduction processes. The first ferrocene oxidation process is separated by 130 mV from the next three ferrocene based oxidations, which are more closely spaced. Mixed-valence [trans-Cl2SnTFcP]+ was generated in situ by spectroelectrochemical and chemical oxidation approaches and characterized by UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)612-621
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines
Issue number7-8
StatePublished - 2011

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Funding Information:
Generous support from National Science Foundation and Minnesota Supercomputing Institute to VN and University of Minnesota Duluth Undergraduate Research Opportunity Grants to JS, and BN is greatly appreciated.


  • X-ray crystallography
  • density functional theory
  • electrochemistry
  • ferrocene-containing porphyrins
  • mixed-valence compounds
  • tin


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