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(trans-1,4-bis[(4-pyridyl)ethenyl]benzene)(2,2'-bipyridine)ruthenium(II) complexes and their supramolecular assemblies with beta-cyclodextrin.

Toma SH, Uemi M, Nikolaou S, Tomazela DM, Eberlin MN, Toma HE.

Inorg Chem. 2004 May 31;43(11):3521-7.

Two novel ruthenium polypyridine complexes, [Ru(bpy)(2)Cl(BPEB)](PF(6)) and ([Ru(bpy)(2)Cl](2)(BPEB))(PF(6))(2) (BPEB = trans-1,4-bis[2-(4-pyridyl)ethenyl]benzene), were synthesized and their characterization carried out by means of elemental analysis, UV-visible spectroscopy, positive ion electrospray (ESI-MS), and tandem mass (ESI-MS/MS) spectrometry, as well as by NMR spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry. Cyclic and differential pulse voltammetry for the mononuclear complex showed three set of waves around 1.2 V (Ru(2+/3+)), -1.0 V (BPEB(0/)(-)), and -1.15 (BPEB(-/2-)). This complex exhibited aggregation phenomena in aqueous solution, involving pi-pi stacking of the planar, hydrophobic BPEB ligands. According to NMR measurements and variable-temperature experiments, the addition of beta-cyclodextrin (betaCD) to [Ru(bpy)(2)Cl(BPEB)](+) leads to an inclusion complex, breaking down the aggregated array.

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