The reaction of copper(I) iodide with tetraethylthiuram monosulfide LEt afforded the novel copper(I) pentanuclear neutral complex [CU5LEt2I5]·EtOH·MeCN 1. Its crystal structure may be described as a very distorted octahedral central Cu3I3 cage having two additional CuLEt(I) units fused to the central cage by means of two iodine and one sulfur bridging atom. All copper(I) atoms in 1 are tetrahedral and both sulfur ligands are bidentate. The solvent molecules occupy intermolecular vacancies generated by the manner in which 1 is packed in space. In contrast, other copper(I) halides CuX (X = Cl or Br) with tetraethylthiuram monosulfide afforded the copper(I) complexes [CuLEt(X)] (X = Cl 2 or Br 3) which exist in the solid state as monomeric units featuring three-co-ordinate copper(I). The ligands are bidentate and co-ordination is completed by the halogen atoms. The complexes were additionally characterized by IR and 1H NMR spectra as well as magnetic susceptibility measurements. Complexes 2 and 3 can be alternatively prepared by sulfur abstraction from the disulfides, using triphenylphosphine. Copper(I) iodide and tetraethylthiuram monosulfide failed to yield a mononuclear compound under a variety of experimental conditions.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of the Chemical Society - Dalton Transactions|
|Publication status||Published - 7 Apr 1998|
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