Inorganic Chemistry, Vol.40, No.5, 932-939, 2001
Axial reactivity of soluble silicon(IV) phthalocyanines
The axial reactivity of peripherally octasubstituted soluble silicon(IV) phthalocyanines (SiPcZ(8), Z = OC5H11 or Z = C5H11) was studied in order to explore new synthetic routes for preparing axially functionalized SiPc monomers and dimers. Self-exchange of the axial methoxide in methylmethoxy SiPcZ(8) was about 10 times faster for Z = OC5H11 than for Z = C5H11. The Pc rings of these two complexes do not differ in electron-richness; their first oxidation potentials ( -0.880 and -0.875 V, respectively) are the same within experimental error. The axial alkoxide ligand in methylisopropoxy SiPcZ(8) monomer (1c", 2c") could be quantitatively replaced by mercaptoethanol to yield O-bound methylmercaptoethoxy SiPcZ(8) (1h, 2h). Condensation of methylhydroxy SiPcZ(8) monomers yielded mu -oxo-bridged bismethyl SiPcZ(8) dimers (1k, 2k) without formation of oligomeric byproducts. Photolysis of such methyl-capped dimers in the presence of mercaptoethanol yielded mu -oxo-bridged bismercaptoethoxy SiPcZ(8) dimers (1n, 2n) which are of interest as precursors for oriented self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of oligomeric phthalocyanines.