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Journal of Cluster Science

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 303–318 | Cite as

Investigation into the formation of heteronuclear clusters of formula [{Ru6C(CO)16Ag2X}2]2− (X = Cl, Br or I)

  • Danielle M. Chisholm
  • J. Scott McIndoeEmail author
  • Gabriella Bodizs
  • Wee Han Ang
  • Rosario Scopelliti
  • Paul J. Dyson
Article

Abstract

Reaction of [Ru6C(CO)16]2− with an excess of AgX (X = Cl, Br or I) affords heteronuclear clusters of formula [{Ru6C(CO)16Ag2X}2]2− in 80% yield, which for X = I and X = Br/Cl were crystallographically characterised. The formation of the cluster was followed in solution using electrospray ionisation mass spectrometry (ESI-MS), which revealed the presence of a wide range of clusters with the general formula [{Ru6C(CO)16} x Ag y X z ](2x−y+z)− where x = 1 or 2, y = 1, 2, 3 or 4 and z = 0, 1 or 2. The high yield of the product despite the evident complicated solution speciation is attributed to selective crystallisation of the observed compound driving the equilibrium toward this product.

Keywords

Carbonyl cluster ruthenium silver mass spectrometry electrospray ionisation 

Notes

Acknowledgments

JSM thanks Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund for instrumentation and operational funding. DMC thanks the University of Victoria for a fellowship. PJD thanks the EPFL and Swiss National Science Foundation for financial support.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Danielle M. Chisholm
    • 1
  • J. Scott McIndoe
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gabriella Bodizs
    • 2
  • Wee Han Ang
    • 2
  • Rosario Scopelliti
    • 2
  • Paul J. Dyson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada
  2. 2.Institut des Sciences et Ingénierie Chimiques, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)LausanneSwitzerland

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