A phase based approach to insulated molecular wires: Diplatinum octatetraynediyl complexes bearing fluorous trialkylphosphine ligands Academic Article uri icon


  • Reactions of [(tetrahydrothiophene)Pt(C6F5)-Cl]2 and fluorous phosphines P((CH2)mRfn)3 (Rfn = (CF2)n-1CF3; m/n = a, 2/8; b, 3/8; c, 3/10) afford the chloride complexes trans-(C6F5)((Rfn(CH2)m)3P)2PtCl (8a-c, 40-74%), which upon treatment with butadiyne and CuI (cat.) in HNEt2/CF3C6H5 give trans-(C6F5)((Rfn(CH2)m)3P)2Pt(CC)2H (9a-c, 44-64%). Subsequent reactions with oxygen and CuCl/TMEDA in acetone yield the title complexes trans,trans-(C6F5)((Rfn(CH2)m)3P)2Pt(CC)4Pt(P((CH2)mRfn)3)2(C6F5) (10a-c, 35-52%). All platinum complexes exhibit CF3C6F11/toluene partition coefficients of >99:<1. The crystal structure of 8b shows that the perfluoroalkyl groups segregate into fluorous domains. It was therefore thought that the perfluoroalkyl groups in 10a-c would aggregate about the polyynediyl chain. However, these adducts could not be crystallized. Electrochemical oxidations of 10a-c give radical cations that are much less stable than trialkyl and triarylphosphine analogs.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Clough, M. C., Fiedler, T., Bhuvanesh, N., & Gladysz, J. A.

citation count

  • 9

complete list of authors

  • Clough, Melissa C||Fiedler, Tobias||Bhuvanesh, Nattamai||Gladysz, John A

publication date

  • June 2016