Constructing homo- and hetero-metallic molecular topologies using pyridylcarboxylates as spacers: preparation of a half-ring complex with active coordination sites.

Research paper by Peili P Teo, David M J DM Foo, L L LL Koh, T S Andy TS Hor

Indexed on: 16 Oct '04Published on: 16 Oct '04Published in: Dalton Transactions


Addition of isonicotinic acid NC(5)H(4)CO(2)H (or isonicH) to [Pt(dppf)(MeCN)(2)](2+)2OTf(-)(dppf = 1,1'-bis(diphenylphosphino)ferrocene, OTf = triflate) affords a mixture of the homometallic molecular square [Pt(4)(dppf)(4)(mu-O(2)CC(5)H(4)N)(4)](4+)4OTf(-), 1 and its precursor intermediate [Pt(dppf)(eta(1)-NC(5)H(4)CO(2)H)(2)](2+)2OTf(-), 2. The latter captures [Pd(dppf)(MeCN)(2)](2+)2OTf(-) to give a heterometallic square, [Pt(2)Pd(2)(dppf)(4)(mu-O(2)CC(5)H(4)N)(4)](4+)4OTf(-), 3. Slight skeletal modification of the ligand leads to different assemblies. This is illustrated by the addition of NC(5)H(4)CH(2)CO(2)H.HCl to [Pt(dppf)(MeCN)(2)](2+)2OTf(-) to give [PtCl(dppf)(NC(5)H(4)CH(2)CO(2)H)](+)OTf(-), 4, which reacts with another equivalent of AgOTf to yield the dibridged complex [Pt(2)(dppf)(2)(mu-NC(5)H(4)CH(2)CO(2))(2)](2+)2OTf(-), 5. All complexes, with the exception of , have been structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray crystallography. Complexes 2 and 4 are potential precursors to further molecular topologies.