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A series of tridentate pincer ligands, each possessing two sulfur- and one nitrogen-donor functionalities (SNS), based on bis-imidazole or bis-triazole salts were metallated with ZnCl2 to give new tridentate SNS pincer zinc(II) complexes [(SNS)ZnCl]+. The zinc complexes serve as models for the zinc active site in liver alcohol dehydrogenase (LADH) and were characterized with single crystal X-ray diffraction, 1H, 13C, and HSQC NMR spectroscopies, electrospray mass spectrometry, and elemental analysis. The zinc complexes feature SNS donor atoms and pseudotetrahedral geometry about the zinc center, as is seen for liver alcohol dehydrogenase. The bond lengths and bond angles of the zinc complexes correlate well to those in horse LADH. The SNS ligand precursors were characterized with 1H, 13C, and HSQC NMR spectroscopies, elemental analysis, and cyclic voltammetry, and were found to be redox active. Gaussian calculations were performed and agree with the experimentally observed oxidation potentials for the pincer ligand precursors. The zinc complexes were screened for the reduction of electron-poor aldehydes in the presence of a hydrogen donor, 1-benzyl-1,4-dihydronicotinamide (BNAH), and it was determined that they enhance the reduction of electron-poor aldehydes. The SNS zinc pincer complexes with bis-triazole ligand precursors exhibit higher activity for the reduction of 4-nitrobenzaldehyde than do SNS zinc pincer complexes with bis-imidazole ligand precursors. Quantitative stoichiometric conversion was seen for the reduction of pyridine-2-carboxaldehyde via SNS zinc pincer complexes with either bis-imidazole or bis-triazole ligand precursors.


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NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Inorganica Chimica Acta. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Inorganica Chimica Acta, 2012, 387, 25-36. DOI:10.1016/j.ica.2011.12.047

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Inorganica Chimica Acta

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Miecznikowski, J.R.; Lo, W.; Lynn, M.A.; Jain, S.; Keilich, L.C.; Kloczko, N.F.; O’Loughlin, B.E; DiMarzio, A.P; Foley, K.M.; Lisi, G.P.; Kwiecien, D.J.; Butrick, E.E.; Powers, E.; Al-Abbasee, R. “Syntheses, Characterization, Density Functional Theory Calculations, and Activity of Tridentate SNS Zinc Pincer Complexes Based on Bis-Imidazole or Bis-Triazole Precursors.” Inorganica Chimica Acta, 2012, 387, 25-36.



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