Heterometallic Osmium - Mercury Chain Structures Linking Two {Os3(CO)10(μ-X)} Subunits (X = Cl, Br, I): Syntheses and Molecular Structures of [{Os3(CO)10(μ-X)}24-Hg)] (X = Cl, I), [{Os3(CO)10(μ-Cl)}2{μ-HgOs(CO) 4}2], and

Yat Kun Au, Wing Tak Wong

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Treatment of RHgCl (R = Me, Et, Ph, Fc) with the activated cluster [Os3(CO)10(NCMe)2] produces the osmium -mercury mixed-metal clusters [{Os3(CO)10(μ-Cl)2(μ4-Hg)] (1a) and [{Os3(CO)]10(μ-Cl)}2{μ-HgOs(CO) 4}2] (2a) in low yields. Cluster 1a bears a central wingtip mercury atom simultaneously bridging two {Os3CO)10(μ-Cl)} units. Cluster 2a comprises an unprecedented decanuclear osmium - mercury framework in which there is a central linear "Hg - {Os(CO)4}2 - Hg" molecular backbone with the two Os(CO)4 fragments arranged in a staggered conformation. Cluster 2a is thermally unstable and converts slowly to cis-[Os(CO)4{(μ-Hg)Os3(CO)10(μ-Cl)} 2] (4a) via the extrusion of an Os(CO)4 moiety under ambient conditions. Cluster 4a comprises two {(μ-Hg)Os3 (CO)10(μ-Cl)} subcluster units bonded to a central Os(CO)4 moiety in a cis configuration. Similar reactions with PhHgBr and MeHgI have also been investigated. Cluster 1a crystallizes in the triclinic space group P1̄ with a = 9.112(2) Å, b = 12.314(2) Å, c = 15.501(4) Å, α = 84.92(2),° β= 88.26(3),° γ = 79.52(2)° and Z = 2. Cluster 2a crystallizes in the triclinic space group P1̄ with a = 13.306(2) Å, b = 20.768(5) Å, c = 9.771(4) Å, α = 96.36(3),° β= 90.50(2),° γ = 98.81(2)° and Z = 2. Cluster 4a crystallizes in the triclinic space group P1̄ with a = 18.356(2) Å, b= 19.100(3) Å, c = 14.478(2) Å, α = 89.783(2),° β= 113.19(2),° γ = 113.70(2)° and Z = 4.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2092-2096
Number of pages5
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1997
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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