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1,4-Bis(2′-pyridylethynyl)benzene as a ligand in heteronuclear gold–thallium complexes. Influence of the ancillary ligands on their optical properties

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The reaction of 1,4-bis(2′-pyridylethynyl)benzene (L) with [{Au(C6X5)2}Tl]n affords new heterometallic AuI/TlI complexes with different stoichiometries, structural arrangements and optical properties depending on the halogens present in the aryl group. The chlorinated derivative [{Au(C6Cl5)2}Tl(L)]n (1) displays polymeric chains built thanks to unsupported Au⋯Tl interactions and bridging bidentate ligands between adjacent chains, while in the fluorinated species [{Au(C6F5)2}2Tl2(L)2]n (2), also containing N-donor bridging ligands and Au⋯Tl contacts, polymerization occurs via Tl⋯Caryl non-bonding interactions between neighbouring molecules. The optical properties of 1 and 2 have been studied experimentally and theoretically, concluding that the luminescence of 1 in the solid state has its origin in the Au⋯Tl interactions, and that the Tl⋯Caryl interactions in 2 favour a non-radiative deactivation pathway that avoids luminescence. The strength of the non-bonding interactions present in 1 has also been theoretically studied at the HF and MP2 levels, revealing the metallophilic contact as the strongest one.

Graphical abstract: 1,4-Bis(2′-pyridylethynyl)benzene as a ligand in heteronuclear gold–thallium complexes. Influence of the ancillary ligands on their optical properties

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The article was received on 06 Nov 2014, accepted on 10 Dec 2014 and first published on 08 Jan 2015


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C4DT03413A
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2015,44, 6719-6730
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    1,4-Bis(2′-pyridylethynyl)benzene as a ligand in heteronuclear gold–thallium complexes. Influence of the ancillary ligands on their optical properties

    M. Arca, R. Donamaría, M. C. Gimeno, V. Lippolis, J. M. López-de-Luzuriaga, E. Manso, M. Monge and M. E. Olmos, Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 6719
    DOI: 10.1039/C4DT03413A

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