Novel mercury(II) complexes of meso-tetraphenylporphyrin and N-methylporphyrins

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Treatment of meso-tetraphenylporphyrin, H2TPP, with just over one equivalent of mercury(II) acetate in methylene chloride-THF gives mercury(II) meso-tetraphenylporphyrin, HgTPP. With excess of mercury(II) acetate, H2TPP and HgTPP afford a novel dimetallic mononuclear porphyrin, AcOHgTPPHgOAc. In contrast, HgTPP reacts with mercury(II) chloride to give the chloro-analogue, ClHgTPPHgCl, but there is no reaction between H2TPP and mercury(II) chloride. Demetallation of HgTPP in methylene chloride containing small amounts of hydrogen chloride proceeds via the dimetallic compound, ClHgTPPHgCl, to give free base HTPP. The reaction rate is dependent upon acid concentration suggesting that the rate determining step is protonation, but dilution causes no decrease in the rate; a mechanism which invokes the intermediacy of monohydrogen-meso-tetraphenylporphyrinatomercury(II) chloride, H(TPP)HgCl, in the formation of ClHgTPPHgCl and in its subsequent decomposition into H2TPP, is proposed. N-Methylporphyrins react with mercury(II) acetate in methylene chloride-tetrahydrofuran to give the corresponding N-methylporphyrinatomercury(II) acetates, Me(P)HgOAc. © 1976.

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