In this work we report the first example of a trinuclear Pt(II) complex with Pt-Pt-Pt bonds that are not facilitated by direct intervention of bridging ligands but are partially held by the attractive π-π stacking interaction between the phenyl units of the 4,4′-dimethyl-2,2′-bipyridyl ligands. The effect of the π-π stacking interactions on the strength and length of the Pt-Pt bond has been discussed using reduced models of the interacting moieties in which the aromatic rings have been removed. The nature of the Pt-Pt bonds has been studied through energy decomposition and atoms-in-molecules analyses. The results indicate that the relatively strong (about 40 kcal mol-1) Pt-Pt metallic bond has similar covalent and ionic contributions. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2006.
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