The synthesis and characterization of a new threefold symmetric hemilabile phosphino-alkylthioether ligand are described. This ligand can be used in combination with Rh(I) and Ir(I) precursor complexes to prepare 40-membered macrocyles with threefold symmetry via the Weak-Link Approach. Synthesis and characterization of two such structures are reported along with a single crystal x-ray diffraction analysis of one of the key intermediates in the case of Rh(I). This is a demonstration of the viability of the Weak-Link Approach for preparing structures other than bimetallic macrocycles and suggests that it could be generalized for a wide range of higher symmetry structures through appropriate hemilabile ligand design.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|State||Published - Apr 16 2002|
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