Synthesis, structure and properties of a five-coordinate oxophosphorus(V) meso-triphenylcorrole

Avijit Ghosh, Way Zen Lee, Mangalampalli Ravikanth*

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Treatment of six-coordinate (5,10,15-triphenylcorrole) dihydroxyphosphorus(V) [P(TPC)(OH)2] with trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) in CH2Cl2 for 30 min at room temperature followed by recrystallization gave stable five-coordinate (5,10,15-triphenylcorrole) oxophosphorus(V) [P(TPC)O] in quantitative yield. The formation of [P(TPC)O] from [P(TPC)(OH)2] in the presence of TFA was also monitored by NMR, absorption and fluorescence spectroscopic titration studies. The structure of the isolated [P(TPC)O] was confirmed by X-ray crystallography. In [P(TPC)O], the corrole ring is distorted, and the PV ion is displaced by 0.456 Å from the N4 plane towards the axial oxygen atom. This is unlike six-coordinate (5,10,15-triphenylcorrole)dimethoxyphosphorus(V) [P(TPC)(OCH3)2], in which the PV ion lies in the porphyrin plane. NMR, absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy and electrochemical studies indicate that [P(TPC)O] exhibits interesting and distinct properties, which differ from the six-coordinate [P(TPC)(OCH 3)2]. Attempts to reduce the PV complex [P(TPC)O] to its corresponding PIII complex by treating it with LiAlH4 resulted in the formation of six-coordinate (5,10,15-triphenylcorrole)dihydridophosphorus(V) [P(TPC)H2].

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4231-4239
Number of pages9
JournalEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Sept


  • Coordination modes
  • Corroles
  • Fluorescence
  • Phosphorus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry


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