Comparative study of the electrochemical and pulse-radiolytic oxidation of the complexes of nickel(II) and copper(II) containing 1,4,8,11-tetra-azacyclotetradecane

Esther Zeigerson, Gregory Ginzburg, Dan Meyerstein, Louis J. Kirschenbaum

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Abstract

Electrochemical and pulse-radiolytic oxidation of [Ni(cyclam)]2+ and [Cu(cyclam)]2+ (cyclam = 1,4,8,11-tetra-azacyclotetradecane) have been studied in aqueous acidic perchlorate and sulphate media. As with other nickel macrocyclic systems, [Ni(cyclam)]2+ is oxidized to NiIII, the stability of which is enhanced by sulphate complexation. In contrast, [Cu(cyclam)]3+ is much less stable than the nickel analogue and does not form a stable sulphate complex. Electrochemical oxidation of [Cu(cyclam)]2+ at pH 1.6 is a multistep process which is catalysed by sulphate ion. The mechanism appears to involve the transfer of four electrons resulting in a copper(II) macrocyclic diene complex.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1243-1247
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society. Dalton Transactions
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1980

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