Demetalation of copper undecaarylcorroles: Molecular structures of a free-base undecaarylisocorrole and a gold undecaarylcorrole
AuthorCapar, Jan; Zonneveld, Job; Berg, Steffen; Isaksson, Johan; Gagnon, Kevin J.; Kolle, Ekaney Thomas; Ghosh, Abhik
Copper undecaarylcorroles were found to undergo acid-induced demetalation with unusual ease under both reductive and nonreductive conditions. The resulting free-base undecaarylcorroles were found to be rather reactive, readily photooxygenating to yield 5/10-hydroxyisocorroles and open-chain tetrapyrroles. The use of nonreductive conditions led to 50-75% yields of undecaarylisocorroles, a new class of sterically hindered ligands, of which one proved amenable to single-crystal X-ray structural analysis. In one case, interaction of an undecaarylisocorrole with gold(III) acetate resulted in aromatization of the macrocycle and a gold undecaarylcorrole. The Au complex exhibited Au-N distances of 1.941(3)–1.965(3) Å, and no significant nonbonded interactions involving the gold. The significant solubility of this complex in organic solvents, compared with the relative insolubility of gold β-octabromo-meso-triarylcorroles, appears to be related to the lack of aurophilic and metallophilic interactions.