Journal of Cluster Science

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 119–132 | Cite as

The synthesis and structural analysis of Pt2Ru4(CO)18 and the products obtained from its reactions with 1, 2-bis(diphenylphosphino)ethane

  • Richard D. Adams
  • Gong Chen
  • Wengan Wu


From the reaction of Ru(CO)5 and Pt(COD)2, COD = 1, 5-cyclooctadiene, the new platinum-ruthenium heteronuclear cluster complex Pt2Ru4(CO)18,1, was obtained in 60% yield.1 has a folded ladder-like structure with alternating pairs of ruthenium atoms and platinum atoms. The cluster of1 can be split to yield the known compound PtRu2(CO)82-dppe),2, (54% yield) by reaction with 1, 2-bis(diphenylphosphino)ethane, dppe, at 25°C. When1 was treated with excess dppe at 40°C, thebis-diphos compound3, PtRu2(CO)6(μ-η2-dppe)2 was obtained (39% yield). Under the similar reaction conditions,2 was converted to3 in 44% yield. All these complexes were characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction analyses. Compounds2 and3 both contain a triangular cluster of one platinum and two ruthenium atoms, but in2 the bidentate ligand, dppe, chelates the platinum atom and in3 the two dppe ligands bridge the two Pt-Ru metal-metal bonds. Crystal data for1: space group C2/c,a=12.542(2)Å,b=15.350(4)Å,c=15.252(3)Å, β=105.32(2)°,Z=4, 2192 reflections,R=0.025. For2: space group P21/c,a=14.351(2)Å,b=13.486(3)Å,c=19.218(3)Å, β=108.48(1)°,Z=4, 3029 reflections,R=0.027. For3: space group P21/c,a=18.836(6)Å,b=15.559(5)Å,c=23.259(7)Å, β=111.26(2)°,Z=4, 4204 reflections,R=0.038.

Key words

Platinum ruthenium crystal structure heteronuclear cluster 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard D. Adams
    • 1
  • Gong Chen
    • 1
  • Wengan Wu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry and BiochemistryUniversity of South CarolinaColumbia

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