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Completely Unexpected Coordination Selectivity of Copper Iodide for Thioether Over Ethynyl

  • Antoine Bonnot
  • Frank Juvenal
  • Adrien Schlachter
  • Daniel Fortin
  • Pierre D. Harvey
Original Article


The reactivity of the tetradentate ligand bis(p-thiomethylphenylacetylene) (MeSC6H4C≡C–C≡CC6H4SMe; L2) towards the CuI salt is compared to that for the known organometallic analogue trans-bis(p-thiomethylethynylbenzene)bis(trimethyl-phosphine)platinum(II) (trans-Pt(PMe3)2(C≡CC6H4SMe)2; L1). While L1 with CuI form a highly luminescent porous 2D coordination polymer (CP) of general formula ([Cu4I4]L1 · EtCN)n (CP1; Juvenal et al. in Inorg Chem 55:11096–11109, 2016) exhibiting both Cu(η2–C≡C) and Cu–S bonds, L2 reacts with CuI to produce a luminescent non-porous 2D CP exhibiting the general formula ([Cu4I4]{L2}3)n, CP2, which does not use the highly expected Cu(η2–C≡C) linkage, relying strictly upon Cu–S coordination. An examination of the X-ray structures for both L2 and CP2 indicates that CP2 network is built upon an expansion of the L2 lattice (plane sliding and slight L2L2 distance separation) resembling to a sort of template effect. CP2 has been characterized by TGA, UV–Vis, emission spectroscopy, and photophysics, which are accompanied by DFT and TDDFT computations.

Graphical abstract


Coordination polymer Luminescence DFT compuations Template Copper Thioether 



This work was supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Fonds de recherche du Québec-Nature et technologies, Compute Canada and Calcul Québec, and the Centre Quebecois sur les Matériaux Fonctionnels.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Département de ChimieUniversite de SherbrookeSherbrookeCanada

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