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Inorg Chem. 2002 Jul 29;41(15):3866-75.

Metal-metal interactions in dinuclear d(8) metal cyanide complexes supported by phosphine ligands. Spectroscopic properties and ab initio calculations of [M(2)(mu-diphosphine)(2)(CN)(4)] and trans-[M(phosphine)(2)(CN)(2)] (M = Pt, Ni).

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  • 1Department of Chemistry and the HKU-CAS Joint Laboratory on New Materials, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong SAR, P.R. China.


Structural, spectroscopic properties on the dinuclear [M(2)(dcpm)(2)(CN)(4)] (M = Pt, 1a; Ni, 2a, dcpm = bis(dicyclohexylphosphino)methane) and [M(2)(dmpm)(2)(CN)(4)] (M = Pt, 1b; Ni, 2b, dmpm = bis(dimethylphosphino)methane) and the mononuclear trans-[M(PCy(3))(2)(CN)(2)] (M = Pt, 3; Ni, 4, PCy(3) = tricyclohexylphosphine) and theoretical investigations on the corresponding model compounds are described. X-ray structural analyses reveal Pt.Pt and Ni.Ni distances of 3.0565(4)/3.189(1) A and 2.957(1)/3.209(8) A for 1a/1b and 2a/2b, respectively. The UV-vis absorption bands at 337 nm (epsilon 2.41 x 10(4) dm(3) mol(-)(1) cm(-)(1)) for 1a and 328 nm (epsilon 2.43 x 10(4) dm(3) mol(-)(1) cm(-)(1)) for 1b in CH(2)Cl(2) are assigned to (1)(5d(sigma) --> 6p(sigma)) electronic transitions originating from Pt(II)-Pt(II) interactions. Resonance Raman spectroscopy of 1a, in which all the Raman intensity appears in the Pt-Pt stretch fundamental (93 cm(-)(1)) and overtone bands, verifies this metal-metal interaction. Complexes 1a and 1b exhibit photoluminescence in the solid state and solution. For the dinuclear nickel(II) complexes 2a and 2b, neither spectroscopic data nor theoretical calculation suggests the presence of Ni(II)-Ni(II) interactions. The intense absorption bands at lambda > 320 nm in the UV-vis spectra of 2a and 2b are tentatively assigned to d --> d transitions.

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