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S–S bond reactivity in metal-perthiocarboxylato compounds

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While M-percarboxylato species are elusive intermediates, their sulfur containing analogues are known in some cases. The feasibility of isolation of M-perthioacetato compounds allowed, in this work, to obtain new insights into the pathways that follow the reactivity of M–E–ER (E = O, S) fragments. Herein we report on the isolation of two new M-perthioacetato compounds: trans-[Pt(CH3CS2S)2] (1) and [Ni(CH3CSS)(CH3CS2S)] (2), which have been fully characterized, including X-ray structures. Reactivity of these compounds towards PPh3 has been studied combining UV-vis monitorization and NMR measurements. Overall the accumulated data suggest that the evolution of the perthioacetato ligand in complexes 1 and 2 by reaction with PPh3 consists of a complex multistep pathway in which the sulfur transfer is preceded by electron transfer. Cyclic voltammetry measurements indicate that the transference of two electrons from the phosphorus to the sulfur atom is not concerted, suggesting that the first step of the reaction with PPh3 is the monoelectronic electron transfer followed by P–S bond formation. The results presented here show a novel pathway in the field of S–S bond reactivity processes relevant in biological, synthetic systems and in hydrocarbon desulfurization processes.

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29 Jul 2009
26 Oct 2009
First published
10 Dec 2009

Dalton Trans., 2010,39, 1511-1518
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S–S bond reactivity in metal-perthiocarboxylato compounds

R. Mas-Ballesté, A. Guijarro, R. González-Prieto, Ó. Castillo, P. J. Sanz Miguel and F. Zamora, Dalton Trans., 2010, 39, 1511
DOI: 10.1039/B915518J

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