Novel germanium(IV) catecholate complexes

Research paper by A. V. Lado, A. V. Piskunov, I. V. Zhdanovich, G. K. Fukin, E. V. Baranov

Indexed on: 04 May '08Published on: 04 May '08Published in: Russian Journal of Coordination Chemistry


The interaction of germanium(II) chloride dioxanate with 3,6-di-tert-butyl-o-benzoquinone or with its mono-and dianion derivatives is attended by the redox transformations. The novel germanium bis-catecholate complexes were synthesized that contained coordinated ether molecules (THF (I), Et2O (II)) irrespective of the initial redox form of o-quinone. The germanium complex was also synthesized by the exchange reaction between GeCl4 and sodium catecholate. Complexes (I), (II) were characterized by NMR and IR spectroscopies, elemental and X-ray diffraction analyses.