Synthesis and structures of new copper-indium thiolate cluster complexes

Richard D. Adams, Burjor Captain, Qian Feng Zhang

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Two new copper indium thiolate complexes were obtained from the reactions of InCl3 and HSnBu with a combination of [Cu(NCMe) 4][PF6] and 1,2-bis(diphenylphosphino)ethane (dppe). In a mixture of methanol and MeCN solvent the complex [In2S nBu2(μ-SnBu)2Cu 2(μ-dppe)2] (3) was formed. When this reaction was performed in a mixture of MeOH and CH2Cl2 solvent, a higher nuclearity species, [Cu(dppe)2][In4Cl 4(u-SnBu)12Cu4(u4-Cl)] (4) was formed. The monoanion in 4 consists of a central tetrahedral chloride ion coordinated to four copper atoms. The copper atoms are linked to four outer InCl groups by three bridging butylthiolato ligands. Overall, this ion has approximate T-symmetry and is chiral.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2187-2190
Number of pages4
JournalZeitschrift fur Anorganische und Allgemeine Chemie
Issue number13-14
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Condensation reactions
  • Copper
  • Indium
  • Thiolates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry


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