Synthesis and structure of trans-PtCl2(P(t-Bu)2CH2CHCH2CH2CH2)2, A platinum(II) complex containing the new ligand (DI-t-Butyl)cyclobutylmethylphosphine

Barbara L. Simms*, James A. Ibers

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The synthesis and spectral properties of trans-dichlorobis((di-t-butyl)cyclobutylmethylphosphine)platinum(II), trans-PtCl2(P(t-Bu)2CH2CHCH2CH2CH2)2, and of the new phosphine (di-t-butyl)cyclobutylmethylphosphine, P(t-Bu)2(CH2-CHCH2CH2CH2), are described. The crystal structure of the Pt complex has been determined. The material crystallizes in the monoclinic system, space group C52h-P21/c, with two formula units in a cell of dimensions a 8.521(2), b 12.774(1), c 14.374(2) Å, β 107.71(2)°. A total of 5667 unique reflections were measured on a CAD4 diffractometer at 113 K. The final value of R(F) is 0.028 for those 4223 reflections having F2o > 3σ(F2). The crystal structure consists of the packing of discrete neutral molecules of trans-PtCl2(P(t-Bu)2CH2CHCH2CH2CH2)2. A crystallographic center of symmetry is imposed on each molecule. Important intramolecular distances include PtP, 2.353(1) and PtCl, 2.306(1) Å. The shortest non-bonding distance between the Cl atom and a carbon atom of a t-Bu group is Cl⋯C(4), 3.387(3) Å. No interaction between the Pt atom and the cyclobutane ring is observed. The absence of extreme steric congestion in the complex may explain the lack of such an interaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-145
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 16 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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