Dipalladium and diplatinum bis(μ-alkanethiolato) complexes with a planar M<inf>2</inf>S<inf>2</inf> ring

Mercè Capdevila, William Clegg, Pilar González-Duarte, Bridget Harris, Ignasi Mira, Joan Sola, Ian C. Taylor

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Mononuclear complexes of formula [M(SR)2(dppe)] (M = Pd 1 or Pt 2; R = C5H9NMe, dppe = Ph2PCH2CH2PPh2) are formed in reactions of [MCl2(dppe)] with the sodium salt of 4-mercapto-1-methylpiperidine NaSR in acetonitrile-methanol solution. Subsequent reaction of 1 with [PdCl2(dppe)] and of 2 with [PtCl2(dppe)] in acetonitrile solution produces the bridged dinuclear cationic complexes [M2(μ-SR)2(dppe)2]2+, which are obtained as crystalline salts with tetraphenylborate anions (M = Pd 3 or Pt 4). An apparently mixed PtPd product 5 is formed in an analogous reaction from 1 and [PtCl2(dppe)] or from 2 and [PdCl2(dppe)]. The structures of complexes 1-5 have been determined crystallographically. Complexes 1 and 2 are isostructural, with a slightly distorted square-planar cis-MP2S2 co-ordination geometry. The isostructural complexes 3-5 also show square-planar co-ordination; the two aminothiolate ligands act as bridges between the metal atoms, giving a precisely planar central M2S2 ring. In all five structures the MP2C2 chelate rings have a twist conformation. The nitrogen atoms of the aminothiolates are not co-ordinated to the metal atoms. Infrared and 1H, 31P and 195Pt NMR spectra are presented and discussed. The combined evidence suggests that 5 is essentially a simple solid-solution mixture of pure complexes 3 and 4 in variable proportions, with at most a minor component of a genuinely heterobimetallic complex.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2817-2826
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1992


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