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Synthesis and reactivity of dichloroboryl complexes of platinum(II)

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The reaction between [Pt(nbe)3] (nbe = norbornene), two equivalents of the phosphines PPh3, PMePh2 or PMe2Ph and 1 equivalent of BCl3 affords the platinum dichloroboryl species [PtCl(BCl2)(PPh3)2], [PtCl(BCl2)(PMePh2)2] and [PtCl(BCl2)(PMe2Ph)2]. All three complexes were characterised by X-ray crystallography and reveal that the boryl group lies trans to the chloride. With PMe3 as the phosphine, the complex [PtCl(BCl2)(PMe3)2] is isolated in high yield as a white crystalline powder although crystals suitable for X-ray crystallography were not obtained. Crystals were obtained of a product shown by X-ray crystallography to be the unusual dinuclear species [Pt2(BCl2)2(PMe3)4(µ-Cl)][BCl4] which reveals an arrangement in which two square planar platinum(II) centres are linked by a single bridging chloride which is trans to a BCl2 group on each platinum centre. The reaction of [PtCl(BCl2)(PMe3)2] with NEt3 or pyridine (py) affords the adducts [PtCl{BCl2(NEt3)}(PMe3)2] and [PtCl{BCl2(py)}(PMe3)2], respectively, both characterised spectroscopically. The reaction between [PtCl(BCl2)(PMe3)2] and either 4 equivalents of NHEt2 or piperidine (pipH) results in the mono-substituted boryl species [PtCl{BCl(NEt2)}(PMe3)2] and [PtCl{BCl(pip)}(PMe3)2], respectively, the former characterised by X-ray crystallography. Treatment of either [PtCl(BCl2)(PMe3)2] (in the presence of excess NEt3) or [PtCl{BCl(NEt2)}(PMe3)2] with catechol affords the B(cat) (cat = catecholate) derivative [PtCl{B(cat)}(PMe3)2] which is also formed in the reaction between [Pt(PMe3)4] and ClB(cat) and also from the slow decomposition of [Pt{B(cat)}2(PMe3)2] in dichloromethane over a period of months. The compound [Pt{B(cat)}2(PMe3)2] was prepared from the reaction between [Pt(PMe3)4] and B2(cat)2.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis and reactivity of dichloroboryl complexes of platinum(ii)

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The article was received on 04 Sep 2006, accepted on 16 Oct 2006 and first published on 06 Nov 2006

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B612039N
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2007,0, 114-123
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    Synthesis and reactivity of dichloroboryl complexes of platinum(II)

    J. P. H. Charmant, C. Fan, N. C. Norman and P. G. Pringle, Dalton Trans., 2007, 0, 114
    DOI: 10.1039/B612039N

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