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N-heterocyclic carbene complexes containing imidazol-2-ylidene


Februar 2018

by Karsten Klauke, Irina Gruber, Tim-Oliver Knedel, Laura Schmolke, Juri Barthel, Hergen Breitzke, Gerd Buntkowsky, and Christoph Janiak

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The selenoether-functionalized imidazolium salt N-[(phenylseleno)methylene)]-N′-methylimidazolium chloride (LH+Cl–) was transformed into the metal–carbene complexes [AgCl(L)], [AuCl(L)], [PdCl2(L)], and [PtCl2(L)] by the reaction with Ag2O and an additional transmetalation reaction of [AgCl(L)] with [(THT)AuCl], [(COD)PdCl2], and [(COD)PtCl2], respectively (THT = tetrahydrothiophene, COD = cyclooctadiene). The compound [AuI2Cl(L)] was prepared by oxidation of [AuCl(L)] with elemental iodine. The microwave-assisted decomposition of [PdCl2(L)] in the ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide ([BMIm]NTf2) or in propylene carbonate led to the formation of Pd17Se15 nanoparticles of 51 ± 17 or 26 ± 7 nm diameter, respectively. The decomposition of the platinum complex resulted in either small Pt clusters around 1 nm size from the ionic liquid suspension or Pt nanoparticles of 3 ± 1 nm diameter in propylene carbonate. High-resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HR-XPS) and 13C cross-polarization magic-angle spinning (CP MAS) NMR indicated that the surface of Pt clusters and crystalline Pt nanoparticles is formed by an amorphous Pt(II)/Se shell and by carbene ligand residues.

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Karsten Klauke, Irina Gruber, Tim-Oliver Knedel, Laura Schmolke, Juri Barthel, Hergen Breitzke, Gerd Buntkowsky, and Christoph Janiak: Silver, gold, palladium, and platinum N-heterocyclic carbene complexes containing a selenoether-functionalised imidazol-2-ylidene moiety, Organometallics 37 (2018) 298-308.