Molecular and polymeric Hg(II) complexes with a PTA (1,3,5-triaza-7- phosphaadamantane) complex of the [Re63-Se) 8]2+ core-containing cluster as ligand

Xiaoyan Tu, Huong Truong, Gary S. Nichol, Zhiping Zheng

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Two Hg(II) complexes with the cluster-complex ligand [Re 63-Se)8(PEt3) 5(PTA)](SbF6)2 (PTA = 1,3,5-triaza-7- phosphaadamantane), {[Re63-Se)8(PEt 3)5(PTA)(Hg3I7)](SbF 6)}n·(CH3CN)n (1) and {[Re63-Se)8(PEt3) 5(PTA)]2(Hg4I9)}(SbF 6)3·2CH3CN (2), were prepared and structurally characterized. The two compounds were obtained from reactions conducted at different temperatures under otherwise identical conditions. Recrystallization of the room-temperature product 2 in a different solvent mixture produced yet another new Hg(II) complex, {[Re63-Se)8(PEt3)5(PTA)](Hg 3I8)}·CH3CN (3) which may be considered as a consequence of the dissociation of the kinetic product 2 in solution and the re-assembly of necessary components to generate the new compound upon crystallization. The solid-state structure of 1 contains polymeric cluster columns, in which the PTA ligand adopts a hitherto unknown coordination mode with simultaneous coordination of all four (one P and three N atoms) potentially coordinating atoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4189-4196
Number of pages8
JournalInorganica Chimica Acta
Issue number15
StatePublished - Dec 10 2010


  • Mercury complexes
  • Metal cluster
  • Supramolecular chemistry
  • X-ray crystal structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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