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Synthesis, Characterization, and Theoretical Studies of New Alkynylferrocene and -biferrocene Ligands and Their Platinum-Containing Dimers and Oligomers

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posted on 24.09.1999, 00:00 by Nicholas J. Long, Angela J. Martin, Ramon Vilar, Andrew J. P. White, David J. Williams, Muhammad Younus
A series of disubstituted alkynylferrocenyl and -biferrocenyl ligands (14) have been synthesized and these then utilized to form a number of di-, tri-, and oligomeric platinum-containing alkynyl species (510). Characterization by spectroscopy and X-ray crystal structure determinations of [{C5H4FeC5H4C⋮CH}2] (3), [C6H5{(C2H5)3P}2PtC⋮CC5H4FeC5H4C⋮CPt{P(C2H5)3}2C6H5] (5), and [(C6H5Pt{P(C2H5)3}2C⋮C{C5H4Fe(C5H4)2FeC5H4}C⋮CPt{P(C2H5)3}2C6H5)] (8) illustrates their “rigid-rod” symmetrical geometries, featuring staggered cyclopentadienyl rings and almost perfect anti geometry of the ethynyl linkages in each case. Electrochemical and theoretical (extended Hückel calculations) studies on the metal complexes indicate that there is no metallocene−metallocene interaction through the alkynyl−platinum bridges.