Reactions of [Os3(CO)10(MeCN)2] with ethynyl thiophenes: The formation of linked clusters

Birte Ahrens, Lionel P. Clarke, Neil Feeder, Muhammad S. Khan, Peiyi Li, James N. Martin, Paul R. Raithby*

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The reaction of 2 equiv. of [Os3(CO)10(MeCN)2] with R-C{triple bond, long}C-L-C{triple bond, long}C-R (R = H, L = (C4H2S); R = SiMe3, L = (C4H2S-C4H2S), (C4H2S-C4H2S-C4H2S), (C4H2S)-(C14H8)-(C4H2S)) affords the series of linked clusters [{Os3(CO)10}(HC{triple bond, long}C(C4H2S)C{triple bond, long}CH){Os3(CO)10}] (1), [{Os3(CO)10}(Me3SiC{triple bond, long}C(C4H2S-C4H2S)C{triple bond, long}CSiMe3){Os3(CO)10}] (2), [{Os3(CO)10}(Me3SiC{triple bond, long}C(C4H2S-C4H2S-C4H2S)C{triple bond, long}CSiMe3){Os3(CO)10}] (4) and [{Os3(CO)10}(Me3SiC{triple bond, long}C(C4H2S)-(C14H8)-(C4H2S)C{triple bond, long}CSiMe3){Os3(CO)10}] (6) as the major products. The complexes have been characterised by a range of spectroscopic methods and, in the case of 1 and 2 by single crystal X-ray crystallography. The alkyne groups cap the osmium triangles in the expected μ32-||-bonding mode and each triangle is coordinated by nine terminal and one μ2-carbonyl group. Solution UV-Vis spectra of the complexes were similar to those observed for the free ligands consistent with there being little delocalisation between the cluster units and the thiophene groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3117-3124
Number of pages8
JournalInorganica Chimica Acta
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Jul 27 2008


  • Alkynes
  • Osmium clusters
  • Thiophenes
  • X-ray crystal structures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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