An experimental and theoretical study of the coordination and donor properties of tris-2-pyridyl-phosphine ligands†
The coordination characteristics and donor/acceptor properties of a series of 2-pyridyl substituted phosphine ligands have been investigated using structural, spectroscopic and DFT calculational studies. A range of different coordination modes are observed in Mo and W carbonyl complexes of tris-2-pyridyl-phosphine ligands of the type P(2-py’) (2-py’ = substituted or unsubstituted 2-pyridyl group), including an unprecedented example exhibiting N,N′,μ2-π coordination. DFT calculations were used to assess the relative donor/acceptor properties of a range of related 2-pyridyl-phosphine ligands with respect to PPh3 and PtBu3.
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