A series of new hexa-coordinated ruthenium(II) complexes of the type [Ru(CO)(EPh3)(B)(L)] (E = P or As; B = PPh3, AsPh3 or Py; L = chalcone thiosemicarbazone) have been prepared by reacting [RuHCl(CO)(EPh3)2(B)] (E = P or As; B = PPh3, AsPh3 or Py) with chalcone thiosemicarbazones in benzene under reflux. The new complexes have been characterized by analytical and spectroscopic (IR, UV-vis, 1H, 31P and 13C NMR) methods. On the basis of data obtained, an octahedral structure was assigned for all of the complexes. The chalcone thiosemicarbazones behave as dianionic tridentate O, N, S donors and coordinate to ruthenium via the phenolic oxygen of chalcone, the imine nitrogen of thiosemicarbazone and thienol sulfur. The new complexes exhibit catalytic activity for the oxidation of primary and secondary alcohols to their corresponding aldehydes and ketones and they were also found to be efficient catalysts for the transfer hydrogenation of carbonyl compounds. <alternatives> [...] </alternatives>
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