Synthesis and characterization of ruthenium compounds incorporating keto-amine ligands. The applications of catalytic transfer hydrogenation and cancer cell inhibition

Tzung Han Lin, Kuheli Das, Amitabha Datta, Wohn Jenn Leu, Hung Chang Hsiao, Chia Her Lin, Jih Hwa Guh, Jui Hsien Huang

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A series of keto-amine bidentate precursors 1–5, OCCH3CHCCH3NHR (where 1, R = C6H3-2,6-iPr2; 2, R = C6H2-2,4,6-Me3; 3, R = C6H4-2-tBu; 4, R = C6H4-2-OMe; 5, R = C6H4-2-OMe-5-Me) were synthesized and combined with [Ru(ɳ6-p-cymene)Cl2]2 to generate the monomeric arene-Ru derivatives, [Ru(ɳ6-p-cymene)(OCCH3CHCCH3NR)Cl] (where 6, R = C6H3-2,6-iPr2; 7, R = C6H2-2,4,6-Me3; 8, R = C6H4-2-tBu; 9, R = C6H4-2-OMe; 10, R = C6H4-2-OMe-5-Me) in moderate yield. The ruthenium derivatives effectively catalyzed the conversion rate in transfer hydrogenation of substituted acetophenone. The molecular structures of 2, 6–10 were determined by single crystal X-ray diffractometry in the solid state, revealing a four-coordination environment around the Ru atom. The potential anti-cancer activity of ruthenium derivatives against human hormone-refractory metastatic prostate cancer (HRMPC) cell lines was also studied.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-28
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Apr 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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