Rearrangement of the tris(2-pyridylthio)methanido ligand in an iron(II) complex containing an Fe-C bond.

Inorganic chemistry

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Halder P, Paine TK. Rearrangement of the tris(2-pyridylthio)methanido ligand in an iron(II) complex containing an Fe-C bond. Inorg Chem. 2011;50(3):708-10.
Iron(II) tris(2-pyridylthio)methanido (1) containing an Fe-C bond, obtained from the reaction of tris(2-pyridylthio)methane (HL(1)) and iron(II) triflate, reacts with protic acid to generate iron(II) bis(2-pyridylthio)carbene (1a). The carbene complex is converted to an iron(II) complex (2) of the 1-[bis(2-pyridylthio)methyl]pyridine-2-thione ligand (L(3)) upon treatment with a base. Complex 2 reversibly transforms to 1a in the presence of an acid. During the transformation of 1 to 2, a novel rearrangement of L(1) to L(3) takes place. The iron(II) complexes are reactive toward dioxygen to form the corresponding iron(III) complexes.