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Issue 41, 2018
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Monomeric thorium chalcogenolates with bipyridine and terpyridine ligands

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Thorium chalcogenolates Th(ER)4 react with 2,2′-bipyridine (bipy) to form complexes with the stoichiometry (bipy)2Th(ER)4 (E = S, Se; R = Ph, C6F5). All four compounds have been isolated and characterized by spectroscopic methods and low-temperature single crystal X-ray diffraction. Two of the products, (bipy)2Th(SC6F5)4 and (bipy)2Th(SeC6F5)4, crystallize with lattice solvent, (bipy)2Th(SPh)4 crystallizes with no lattice solvent, and the selenolate (bipy)2Th(SePh)4 crystallizes in two phases, with and without lattice solvent. In all four compounds the available volume for coordination bounded by the two bipy ligands is large enough to allow significant conformational flexibility of thiolate or selenolate ligands. 77Se NMR confirms that the structures of the selenolate products are the same in pyridine solution and in the solid state. Attempts to prepare analogous derivatives with 2,2′,6′,2′′-terpyridine (terpy) were successful only in the isolation of (terpy)(py)Th(SPh)4, the first terpy compound of thorium. These materials are thermochromic, with color attributed to ligand-to-ligand charge transfer excitations.

Graphical abstract: Monomeric thorium chalcogenolates with bipyridine and terpyridine ligands

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The article was received on 21 Jun 2018, accepted on 21 Sep 2018 and first published on 02 Oct 2018

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8DT02543F
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2018,47, 14652-14661

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    Monomeric thorium chalcogenolates with bipyridine and terpyridine ligands

    M. Ringgold, W. Wu, M. Stuber, A. Y. Kornienko, T. J. Emge and J. G. Brennan, Dalton Trans., 2018, 47, 14652
    DOI: 10.1039/C8DT02543F

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