Coordination Chemistry of Linear Tripyrroles: Promises and Perils

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debatepeer-review

27 Scopus citations


Presenting an electron-rich π system and an array of three pyrrolic nitrogen donors, linear tripyrrolic ligands are attractive platforms for metal coordination. While retaining several advantageous features of porphyrin-type ligands (e.g., tunable electronic structure, ligand-based one-electron redox chemistry), tripyrroles permit in-plane access to the metal center. The metal-binding properties of both synthetic and naturally occurring tripyrroles have been documented; however, this chemistry is still in its early stages and the full potential of this class of ligands has not yet come to fruition. Through a selection of examples, several areas of current and potential growth are described along with known hurdles that have emerged thus far.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-342
Number of pages16
JournalComments on Inorganic Chemistry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • oligopyrrole
  • prodigiosin
  • redox non-innocence
  • redox-active ligands
  • tripyrrin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry


Dive into the research topics of 'Coordination Chemistry of Linear Tripyrroles: Promises and Perils'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this