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Maiti, Biplab K., Teresa Aviles, Isabel Moura, Sofia R. Pauleta, and Jose J. G. Moura. "{Synthesis and characterization of {[}S2MoS2Cu(n-SPhF)](2-) (n = o, m, P) clusters: Potential F-19-NMR structural probes for Orange Protein}." {INORGANIC CHEMISTRY COMMUNICATIONS}. {45} (2014): {97-100}. Abstract

{Three fluorinated Mo-Cu-thiolate isomers,{[}Ph4Ph{[}S2MoS2Cu(n-SPhF)], {[}n-SPhF = 2-fluorothiophenol (la)], 3-fluorothiophenol (lb), and 4-fluorothiophenol (1c)] were synthesized and spectroscopically characterized. The F-19-NMR signal of the fluorine atom in the.benzene has different chemical shift for each isomer, which is highly influenced by the local environment that can be manipulated by different solvents and solutes. The fluorine-19 chemical shift is an advantageous NMR structural probe in alternative to H-1-NMR {[}B.K. Maiti, T. Aviles, M. Matzapetakis, I. Moura, S.R. Pauleta, JJ.G. Moura, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. (2012) 4159.], that can be used to provide local information on the pocket of the metal cluster in the Orange Protein (ORP). (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.}

Maiti, Biplab K., Luisa B. Maia, Kuntal Pal, Bholanath Pakhira, Teresa Aviles, Isabel Moura, Sofia R. Pauleta, Jose L. Nunez, Alberto C. Rizzi, Carlos D. Brondino, Sabyasachi Sarkar, and Jose J. G. Moura. "{One Electron Reduced Square Planar Bis(benzene-1,2-dithiolato) Copper Dianionic Complex and Redox Switch by O-2/HO-}." {INORGANIC CHEMISTRY}. {53} (2014): {12799-12808}. Abstract

{The complex {[}Ph4P](2){[}Cu(bdt)(2)] (1(red)) was synthesized by the reaction of {[}Ph4P]2{[}S2MoS2CuCl] with H2bdt (bdt = benzene-1,2-dithiolate) in basic medium. 1(red) is highly susceptible toward dioxygen, affording the one electron oxidized diamagnetic compound {[}Ph4P]{[}Cu(bdt)(2)] (1(ox)). The interconversion between these two oxidation states can be switched by addition of O-2 or base (Et4NOH = tetraethylammonium hydroxide), as demonstrated by cyclic voltammetry and UV-visible and EPR spectroscopies. Thiomolybdates, in free or complex forms with copper ions, play an important role in the stability of 1(red) during its synthesis, since in its absence, 1(ox) is isolated. Both 1(red) and 1(ox) were structurally characterized by X-ray crystallography. EPR experiments showed that 1(red) is a Cu(II)-sulfur complex and revealed strong covalency on the copper-sulfur bonds. DFT calculations confirmed the spin density delocalization over the four sulfur atoms (76%) and copper (24%) atom, suggesting that 1(red) has a ``thiyl radical character{''}. Time dependent DFT calculations identified such ligand to ligand charge transfer transitions. Accordingly, 1(red) is better described by the two isoelectronic structures {[}Cu(I)(bdt(2), 4S(3-{*}))](2-) {[}Cu-II(bdt(2), 4S(4-))](2-). On thermodynamic grounds, oxidation of 1(red) (doublet state) leads to 1(ox) singlet state, {[}Cu-III(bd(t)2, 4S(4-))](1-).}

Maiti, Biplab K., Teresa Avilés, Marta S. P. Carepo, Isabel Moura, Sofia R. Pauleta, and José J. G. Moura. "Rearrangement of Mo-Cu-S Cluster Reflects the Structural Instability of Orange Protein Cofactor." Z. Anorg. Allg. Chem.. 639.8-9 (2013): 1361-1364.
Li, Lidong, Patricia S. Lopes, Vitor Rosa, Claudia A. Figueira, Amelia M. N. D. A. Lemos, Teresa M. Duarte, Teresa Aviles, and Pedro T. Gomes. "{Synthesis and structural characterisation of (aryl-BIAN)copper(I) complexes and their application as catalysts for the cycloaddition of azides and alkynes}." {DALTON TRANSACTIONS}. {41} (2012): {5144-5154}. Abstract

{{A series of Ar-BIAN-based copper(I) complexes (where Ar-BIAN = bis(aryl) acenaphthenequinonediimine) were synthesised and characterised by H-1 and C-13 NMR spectroscopies, FT-IR spectroscopy, MALDI-TOF-MS spectrometry, cyclic voltammetry and single crystal X-ray diffraction. The bis-chelated complexes of general formula {[}Cu(Ar-BIAN)(2)]BF4 (where Ar = C6H5 (1), 4-iPrC(6)H(4) (3), 2-iPrC(6)H(4) (4)) were prepared by reaction of {[}Cu(NCMe)(4)]BF4 with two equivalents of the corresponding Ar-BIAN ligands, in dichloromethane, while the mono-chelated complexes of the type {[}Cu(Ar-BIAN)L2]BF4 (where Ar = 2,6-iPr(2)C(6)H(3)

Li, Lidong, Patricia S. Lopes, Claudia A. Figueira, Clara S. B. Gomes, M. Teresa Duarte, Vitor Rosa, Christophe Fliedel, Teresa Aviles, and Pedro T. Gomes. "{Cationic and Neutral (Ar-BIAN) Copper( I) Complexes Containing Phosphane and Arsane Ancillary Ligands: Synthesis, Molecular Structure and Catalytic Behaviour in Cycloaddition Reactions of Azides and Alkynes}." {EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF INORGANIC CHEMISTRY} (2013): {1404-1417}. Abstract

{{A series of new cationic and neutral (Ar-BIAN) copper(I) complexes {[}in which Ar-BIAN = bis(aryl)acenaphthenequinonediimine] was synthesised and characterised by elemental analysis, 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopy and single-crystal Xray diffraction. The cationic complexes of the general formula {[}Cu(Ar-BIAN)L-2]BF4 {[}L-2 = (PPh3)(2) (1), dppe (2), dppf (3), (AsPh3)(2) (4); Ar = 4-iPrC(6)H(4) (a), 4-MeOC6H4 (b), 4-NO2C6H4 (c), 2-iPrC(6)H(4) (d), Ph2PCH2CH2PPh2 (dppe), (Ph2PC5H4)(2)Fe (dppf)] were synthesised by reaction of {[}Cu(EPh3)(4)]BF4 (E = P or As) and equimolar amounts of Ar-BIAN ligands, or by reaction of equimolar amounts of {[}Cu(NCMe)(4)]BF4, 4-iPrC(6)H(4)-BIAN (a) and diphosphanes dppe or dppf, in dichloromethane, whereas the neutral complexes of the types {[}CuX(Ar-BIAN)(EPh3)] {[}X = Cl

Kauf, Thomas, Vitor Rosa, Christophe Fliedel, Roberto Pattacini, Naina Deibel, Teresa Aviles, Biprajit Sarkar, and Pierre Braunstein. "{Reactivity of TCNE and TCNQ derivatives of quinonoid zwitterions with Cu(I)}." {DALTON TRANSACTIONS}. {44} (2015): {5441-5450}. Abstract

{The reactions of TCNE- and TCNQ-functionalized (TCNE: tetracyanoethylene and TCNQ: 7,7', 8,8'-tetra-cyanoquinodimethane) zwitterionic benzoquinonemonoimines with a Cu(I)-BIAN complex (BIAN = bis-(o, o'-bisisopropylphenyl)acenaphthenequinonediimine) have been investigated and found to follow a diversity of interesting patterns. The complexes {[}Cu(BIAN)(NCMe)(L2)]BF4 (2) and {[}Cu(BIAN)(L2)(2)]BF4 (4) were obtained by reacting {[}Cu(BIAN)(NCMe) 2] BF4 (1) with one and two equivalents of L2, respectively. Following similar procedures, the complexes {[}Cu(BIAN)(NCMe)(L3)] BF4 (6) and {[}Cu(BIAN)(L3)(2)]BF4 (7) were obtained by reaction of 1 with L3. The reaction of 2 with 0.5 equiv. of 4,4'-bipyridine afforded {[}\{Cu(BIAN)-(L2)\}(2)(mu-4,4'-bipyridine)](BF4)(2) (3). The complexes were characterized by multinuclear NMR, IR and UV-Vis spectroscopic techniques, mass spectrometry, cyclic voltammetry and elemental analysis. The molecular structures of complexes 3 center dot 4CH(2)Cl(2) and 4 center dot CH2Cl2 were determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction. An unexpected coordination polymer {[}Cu(L2(-))(2)](infinity) (5) was also structurally characterized, which contains Cu(II) centres chelated by two N, O-bound ligands resulting from the monodeprotonation of L2.}

de Fremont, Pierre, Herve Clavier, Vitor Rosa, Teresa Aviles, and Pierre Braunstein. "{Synthesis, Characterization, and Reactivity of Cationic Gold(I) alpha-Diimine Complexes}." {ORGANOMETALLICS}. {30} (2011): {2241-2251}. Abstract

{{A series of cationic gold(I) alpha-diimine complexes of the type {[}(NHC)Au(alpha-diimine)]X or {[}(PPh(3))Au(alpha-diimine)]X, where NHC = IPr

Fliedel, Christophe, Samir Mameri, Samuel Dagorne, and Teresa Aviles. "{Controlled ring-opening polymerization of trimethylene carbonate and access to PTMC-PLA block copolymers mediated by well-defined N-heterocyclic carbene zinc alkoxides}." {APPLIED ORGANOMETALLIC CHEMISTRY}. {28} (2014): {504-511}. Abstract

{Four novel Zinc-NHC alkyl/alkoxide/chloride complexes (4, 5, 9 and 9) were readily prepared and fully characterized, including X-ray diffraction crystallography for 5 and 9. The reaction of N-methyl-N-butyl imidazolium chloride (3.HCl) with ZnEt2 (2 equiv.) afforded the corresponding {[}(CNHC)ZnCl(Et)] complex (4) via a protonolysis reaction, as deduced from NMR data. The alcoholysis of 4 with BnOH led to quantitative formation of the dinuclear Zn(II) alkoxide species {[}(CNHC)ZnCl(OBn)]2 (5), as confirmed by X-ray diffraction analysis. The NMR data are in agreement with species 5 retaining its dimeric structure in solution at room temperature. The protonolysis reaction of N-(2,6-diisopropylphenyl)-N-ethyl methyl ether imidazolium chloride (8.HCl) with ZnEt2 (2 equiv.) yielded the {[}(CNHC)ZnCl(Et)] species 9. The latter was found to be reactive with CH2Cl2 in solution and to cleanly convert to the corresponding Zn(II) dichloride {[}(CNHC)ZnCl2]2 (9), whose molecular structure was also elucidated using X-ray diffractometry. Unlike Zn(II)-NHC alkoxide species 1 and 2, which contain a NHC flanked with an additional N-functional group (i.e. thioether and ether, respectively), the Zn(II) alkoxide species 5 incorporates a monodentate NHC ligand. The Zn(II) complexes 1, 2 and 5 were tested in the ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of trimethylene carbonate (TMC). All three species are effective initiators for the controlled ROP of trimethylene carbonate, resulting in the production of narrow disperse PTMC material. Initiator 1 (incorporating a thioether moiety) was found to perform best in the ROP of TMC. Notably, the latter also readily undergoes the sequential ROP of TMC and rac-LA in the presence of a chain-transfer agent, leading to well-defined and high-molecular-weight PTMC/PLA block copolymers. Copyright (c) 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.}

Fliedel, Christophe, Vitor Rosa, Carla I. M. Santos, Pablo J. Gonzalez, Rui M. Almeida, Clara S. B. Gomes, Pedro T. Gomes, Amelia M. N. D. A. Lemos, Gabriel Aullon, Richard Welter, and Teresa Aviles. "{Copper(II) complexes of bis(aryl-imino)acenaphthene ligands: synthesis, structure, DFT studies and evaluation in reverse ATRP of styrene}." {DALTON TRANSACTIONS}. {43} (2014): {13041-13054}. Abstract

{Two new Ar-BIAN Cu(II) complexes (where Ar-BIAN = bis(aryl-imino)acenaphthene) of formulations {[}CuCl2(Mes-BIAN)] (1) (Mes = 2,4,6-Me3C6H2) and {[}CuCl2(Dipp-BIAN)] (2) (Dipp = 2,6-iPr(2)C(6)H(3)) were synthesised by direct reaction of CuCl2 suspended in dichloromethane with the respective ligands Mes-BIAN (L1) and Dipp-BIAN (L2), dissolved in dichloromethane, under an argon atmosphere. Attempts to obtain these compounds by solubilising CuCl2 in methanol and adding a dichloromethane solution of the corresponding ligand, under aerobic conditions, gave also compound 1, but, in the case of L2, the Cu(I) dimer {[}CuCl(Dipp-BIAN)](2) (3) was obtained instead of compound 2. The compounds were fully characterised by elemental analyses, MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry, FT-IR, H-1 NMR and EPR spectroscopic techniques. The solid-state molecular structures of compounds 1-3 were determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction, showing the expected chelation of the Ar-BIAN ligands and two chloride ligands completing the coordination sphere of the Cu(11) centre. In the case of the complex 1, an intermediate coordination geometry around the Cu(II) centre, between square planar and tetrahedral, was revealed, while the complex 2 showed an almost square planar geometry. The structural differences and evaluation of energetic changes were rationalised by DFT calculations. Analysis of the electrochemical behaviour of complexes 1-3 was performed by cyclic voltammetry and the experimental redox potentials for Cu(II)/Cu(I) pairs have been compared with theoretical values calculated by DFT in the gas phase and in dichloromethane and methanol solutions. The complex 1 exhibited good activity in the reverse atom transfer radical polymerisation (ATRP) of styrene.}