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  • Redox control of rotary motions in ferrocene-based elemental ball bearings.

Redox control of rotary motions in ferrocene-based elemental ball bearings.

Journal of the American Chemical Society (2011-12-14)
Adriana Iordache, Mircea Oltean, Anne Milet, Fabrice Thomas, Benoît Baptiste, Eric Saint-Aman, Christophe Bucher
ABSTRACT

Rotational motions of ferrocene-based carousels have been achieved by electron transfer centered on π-dimerizable 4,4'-bipyridinium substituents introduced on both cyclopentadienyl rings through covalent linkers of different size, geometry, and flexibility. Detailed spectroscopic, electrochemical, and theoretical analyses demonstrate that rigid and fully conjugated linkers allow the quantitative formation of intramolecular π-dimers resulting from optimized orbital overlaps within the HOMO of the electrochemically generated bis-radical species. The tetra-cationic "charge-repelled" conformers, the self-assembled π-dimers, and their electron triggered interconversions have been investigated by UV-vis, NMR, and ESR spectroscopy, electrochemistry, X-ray diffraction analysis, and theoretical calculations. These studies support the conclusion that the rotation of both cyclopentadienyl rings in ferrocene can be controlled electrochemically using noncovalent reversible interactions arising from π-radical coupling processes.

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4,4′−Dipyridyl, 98%