Five- and Six-Coordinated Silver(I) Complexes Formed by a Metallomacrocyclic Ligand with a "Au2N2" Donor Group: Observation of Pendulum and Linear Motions and Dual Phosphorescence. Academic Article uri icon


  • The six-coordinated silver(I) complex [Au2Ag(-(PPh2)2py)2(OTf)2](OTf), 4 (py = pyridine, OTf = CF3SO3), and the five-coordinated silver(I) complex [Au2Ag(acetone)(-(PPh2)2py)2](PF6)3, 6, were prepared by the reaction of the precursor complexes 1(OTf)2 and 1(PF6)2, in which 1 = [Au2(-(PPh2)2py)2]2+, with 1 equiv of Ag(OTf) in dichloromethane and excess of Ag(PF6) in a mixture of dichloromethane/acetone, respectively. Also, the five-coordinated silver(I) complex [Au2Ag(-(PPh2)2py)2(py)(OTf)](OTf)2, 5, was obtained by the reaction of 4 with pyridine. The clusters 4-6 were characterized using multinuclear NMR spectroscopy and elemental microanalysis. The single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis revealed the octahedral and distorted square pyramidal geometries around the silver(I) centers in the crystal structures of 4 and 6, respectively; a dynamic structure was observed for cluster 5 due to pendulum motion of the Ag(pyridine) moiety, which was anchored in the metallomacrocyclic unit [Au2(-(PPh2)2py)2]2+. Although the crystal structure of 6 did not display disorders for the silver atom and the acetone ligand similar to that observed for 5, the low-temperature NMR spectroscopies and calculations show a dynamic structure for cluster 6 due to linear motion of the Ag(acetone) moiety. The reaction of the precursor complex 1(PO2F2)2 with 2 equiv of Ag(PO2F2) yielded the tetranuclear Au2Ag2 cluster [Au2Ag2(PO2F2)2(-(PPh2)2py)2](PO2F2)2, 7, with a planar-shaped {Au2Ag2} metal core in which alternating Au and Ag atoms occupy the tetragon vertices and showed a strong argentophillic interaction between the silver(I) centers. All clusters 4-7 are emissive in the solid state, and the origins of their emissive excited states were determined using time-dependent density functional theory calculations. Cluster 7 showed a dual phosphorescence emission, which displays strong dependence of the contributions of each emissive component onto the excitation wavelength.

published proceedings

  • Inorg Chem

altmetric score

  • 2.5

author list (cited authors)

  • Nayeri, S., Jamali, S., Jamjah, A., Shakirova, J. R., Tunik, S. P., Gurzhiy, V., Samouei, H., & Shahsavari, H. R.

citation count

  • 8

complete list of authors

  • Nayeri, Sara||Jamali, Sirous||Jamjah, Ali||Shakirova, Julia R||Tunik, Sergey P||Gurzhiy, Vladislav||Samouei, Hamidreza||Shahsavari, Hamid R

publication date

  • April 2020