The preparation of platinum(II) complexes with an ortho-metallated carbene ligand: the X-ray and molecular structure of [Pt{C(NHC6H4CH3)(NHC6H3CH3)}{PPh2(CH2)2PPh2}]ClO4 Academic Article uri icon

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  • Treatment of PtCl(CNR)(acac) (R = p-tolyl; acac = acetylacetonate) with p-toluidine gives the carbene compound PtCl{C(NHR)2}(acac). Reaction of this complex with a silver salt, followed by treatment with a neutral ligand L, gave ortho-metallated species [Pt{C(NHC6H4CH3)(NHC6H3CH3)}L2]+ which have been isolated as crystalline salts. The molecular structure of the ClO4 salt with L2 = bisdiphenylphosphinoethane has been determined by X-ray diffraction. Crystals are monoclinic, space group P21/n, with four formula units in a cell of dimensions a = 20.370(3), b = 18.116(3), c = 10.770(2) Ǻ, and β = 99.47(6)°. Full matrix least-squares refinement on F using 3252 observations gave a conventional agreement factor R. = 0.047. While the formation of these ortho-metallated carbene complexes restricts the further extension of this chemistry, the ready reversal by acid treatment is unusual.


  • Christian, David F
  • Clarke, David A
  • Clark, Howard C
  • Farrar, David
  • Payne, Nicholas C

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  • October 1, 1978