Gyroscope‐Like Molecules Consisting of PdX2/PtX2 Rotators within Three‐Spoke Dibridgehead Diphosphine Stators: Syntheses, Substitution Reactions, Structures, and Dynamic Properties Academic Article uri icon


  • Threefold intramolecular ring-closing metatheses of trans-[MCl2(P{(CH2)(m)CH=CH2}3)2] are effected with Grubbs' catalyst. Following hydrogenation catalyzed by [RhCl(PPh3)3], the title complexes trans-[MCl2(P((CH2)n)3P)] (n=2m+2; M/n=Pt/14, 4 c; Pt/16, 4 d; Pt/18, 4 e; Pd/14, 5 c; Pd/18, 5 e) and sometimes isomers partly derived from intraligand metathesis, trans-[MCl2{P(CH2)n(CH2)n}P(CH2)n)] (4'c-e, 5'e), are isolated. These react with LiBr, NaI, and KCN to give the corresponding MBr2, MI2, and M(CN)2 species (58-99%). (13)C NMR data show that the MX2 moieties rapidly rotate within the diphosphine cage on the NMR timescale, even at -120 °C. The reaction of 4 c and KSCN gives separable Pt(NCS)2 and Pt(NCS)(SCN) adducts (13 c, 28%; 14 c, 20%), and those of 4 c,e and Ph2Zn give PtPh2 species (15 c, 61%; 15 e, 90%). (13)C NMR spectra of 13 c-15 c show two sets of CH2 signals (ca. 2:1 intensity ratios), indicating that MX2 rotation is no longer rapid. Reactions of 4 c or 4'c and excess NaC≡CH afford the free diphosphines P{(CH2)14}3P (91%) and (CH2)14P(CH2)14P(CH2)14 (90%). The latter has been crystallographically characterized as a bis(BH3) adduct. The crystal structures of eight complexes with P(CH2)14P linkages (PtCl2, PtBr2, PtI2, Pt(NCS)2, PtPh2, PdCl2, PdBr2, PdI2) and 15 e have been determined, and intramolecular distances analyzed with respect to MX2 rotation. The conformations of the (CH2)14 moieties and features of the crystal lattices are also discussed.

author list (cited authors)

  • Nawara‐Hultzsch, A. J., Stollenz, M., Barbasiewicz, M., Szafert, S., Lis, T., Hampel, F., Bhuvanesh, N., & Gladysz, J. A.

citation count

  • 34

publication date

  • March 2014