Rh(III) complexes having tris(2-pyridylmethyl)amine (TPA) and its derivative as tetradentate ligands showed reversible deprotonation at a methylene moiety of the TPA ligands upon addition of a strong base as confirmed by spectroscopic measurements and X-ray crystallography. Deprotonation selectively occurred at the axial methylene moiety rather than equatorial counterparts because of the thermodynamic stability of corresponding deprotonated complexes. One-electron oxidation of the deprotonated Rh(III)-TPA complex afforded a unique TPA radical bound to the Rh(III) center by a ligand-centered oxidation. This is the first example to demonstrate emergence of the redox-noninnocent character of the TPA ligand.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry