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Issue 44, 2016
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A cooperative pathway for water activation using a bimetallic Pt0–CuI system

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A mixture of the platinum(0) complex [Pt(PtBu3)2] and tetrakis(acetonitrile)copper(I) hexafluorophosphate in acetone activated a water molecule and gave the hydride platinum(II) complex [PtH(CH3CN)(PtBu3)2]PF6, 1, and the hydroxide Cu(I) species. The crystal structure of complex 1 was determined by X-ray crystallography, indicating a distorted square planar geometry around the platinum center. Although three possible mechanisms are proposed for this transformation, monitoring of the reaction using NMR spectroscopy at low temperature reveals that a cooperative pathway involving formation of a Pt0–CuI dative bond complex is the most probable pathway. The hydride platinum complex 1 is stable in acidic and neutral conditions but undergoes intramolecular C–H activation in the presence of pyridine. Monitoring of the reaction using 1H and 31P NMR spectroscopy shows that a cyclometalation reaction of one of the phosphine ligands is followed by displacement of a second phosphine ligand by pyridine to give the cyclometalated platinum(II) complex, [Pt(κ2PC-PtBu2CMe2CH2)(py)2], 4. The structure of 4 in solution and solid state phases was determined using NMR spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography, respectively.

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The article was received on 22 Aug 2016, accepted on 06 Oct 2016 and first published on 06 Oct 2016

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C6DT03305A
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2016,45, 17644-17651
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    A cooperative pathway for water activation using a bimetallic Pt0–CuI system

    S. Jamali, S. Abedanzadeh, N. K. Khaledi, H. Samouei, Z. Hendi, S. Zacchini, R. Kia and H. R. Shahsavari, Dalton Trans., 2016, 45, 17644
    DOI: 10.1039/C6DT03305A

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