Indexed on: 16 Apr '16Published on: 15 Apr '16Published in: ChemistryOpen
Synthetic methods to prepare organometallic and coordination compounds such as Schiff‐base complexes are diverse, with the route chosen being dependent upon many factors such as metal–ligand combination and metal oxidation state. In this work we have shown that electrochemical methodology can be employed to synthesize a variety of metal–salen/salan complexes which comprise diverse metal–ligand combinations and oxidation states. Broad application has been demonstrated through the preparation of 34 complexes under mild and ambient conditions. Unprecedented control over metal oxidation state (MII/III/IV where M=Fe, Mn) is presented by simple modification of reaction conditions. Along this route, a general protocol‐switch is described which allows access to analytically pure FeII/III–salen complexes. Tuning electrochemical potential, selective metalation of a Mn/Ni alloy is also presented which exclusively delivers MnII/IV–salen complexes in high yield.