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Dalton Trans. 2014 May 7;43(17):6525-35. doi: 10.1039/c4dt00012a.

Synthesis, structures and DFT calculations of 2-(4,6-dimethyl pyrimidyl)selenolate complexes of Cu(I), Ag(I) and Au(I) and their conversion into metal selenide nanocrystals.

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Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400 085, India.


The complexes [M{SeC4H(Me-4,6)2N2}]6 (M = Cu (1), Ag (2)) and [Au{SeC4H(Me-4,6)2N2}(PEt3)] (3) have been prepared and characterized by elemental analyses, UV-vis, NMR ((1)H, (13)C, (77)Se) spectroscopy and single crystal X-ray diffraction. The crystal structures of [Cu{SeC4H(Me-4,6)2N2}]6·H2O (1·H2O), [Ag{SeC4H(Me-4,6)2N2}]6·6MeOH·H2O (2·6MeOH·H2O) and [Au{SeC4H(Me-4,6)2N2}(PEt3)] (3) revealed that their metal centers acquire distorted square-pyramidal, trigonal and linear geometries, respectively. DFT calculations have been carried out to rationalize nuclearity in copper(i) chalcogenolate complexes. The calculations suggest that there is hardly any energy difference between the tetrameric and hexameric forms. Thermal behavior of [Cu{SeC4H(Me-4,6)2N2}]6 was studied by thermogravimetric analysis. Thermolysis of [M{SeC4H(Me-4,6)2N2}]6 (M = Cu, Ag) in 1-dodecanethiol (DDT) at 150 °C gave a cubic phase of Cu7Se4 and an orthorhombic phase of Ag2Se, respectively. Copper selenide (Cu7Se4) thin films were deposited on glass and silicon substrates by using [Cu{SeC4H(Me-4,6)2N2}]6 at 400 °C by AACVD.

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