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Preparation, structure, and properties of the corner-shared double cubes [Mo6HgQ8(H2O)18]8+ (Q = S, Se) and tungsten analogues

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Maxim Sokolov, Mi-Sook Seo, Emeritus Professor Bill CleggORCiD, Emeritus Prof Alfred Sykes


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The purple corner-shared double cube [Mo6HgS8(H2O)18]8+ derivative of green [Mo3S4(H2O)9]4+, obtained under air-free conditions by the reaction with HgO (metal), is also formed with HgI2. The HgI2 reaction is accounted for by the disproportionation HgI2 ?? HgO + HgII, which is a source of HgO. X-ray crystallographic information on the blue partially Cl- substituted cucurbituril supramolecular assemblies [Mo6HgQ8Cl4 (H2O)14] (C36H36 N24O12)Cl4·14H2O (1) and of the Se analogue [Mo6HgSe8Cl4 (H2O)14] (C36H36 N24O12)Cl4·14H2O (2) have been determined. The product [W6HgSe8Cl4(H2O)14] (C36H36N24 O12) Cl4·14H2O (3) has also been obtained, but there is no evidence for [W6HgS8(H2O)18]8+ and related forms. The formation of [Mo6HgS8(H2O)18]8+ by the reaction of [Mo3S4 (H2O)9]4+ with HgO under anaerobic conditions maximizes after @O40 h in 2.0 M HCl, but requires longer reaction time (@O120 h) in 2.0 M Hpts (p-toluenesulfonic acid) and in 2 M HClO4 (@O6 days). In 2.0 M HCl there is little absorbance increase until [Mo3S4(H2O)9]4+ exceeds 1.2 x 10-3 M, which is explained by a dependence of the formation K (265 M-1) on [Mo3S4 (H2O)94+]2. Furthermore, on dilution of column-purified [Mo6HgS8(H2O)18]8+, Beer's law is not obeyed and equilibria involving 2[Mo3S4(H2O)9]4+ are apparent. The kinetics of formation of [Mo6HgS8(H2O)18]8+ is first-order in [Mo3S4(H2O)9]4+, consistent with rate-determining formation of the single cube [Mo3HgS4(H2O)x]4+. The oxidations of [Mo6HgS8(H2O)18]8+ with [Fe(H2O)6]3+ and [Co(dipic)2]- are complicated by the release of [Hg(H2O)6]2+, which also functions as an oxidant. Similar results are obtained for [Mo6HgSe8(H2O)18]8+ and the less extensively studied [W6HgSe8(H2O)18]8+.

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Author(s): Fedin VP, Sokolov M, Lamprecht GJ, Hernandez-Molina R, Seo M-S, Virovets AV, Clegg W, Sykes AG

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Inorganic Chemistry

Year: 2001

Volume: 40

Issue: 26

Pages: 6598-6603

ISSN (print): 0020-1669

ISSN (electronic): 1520-510X

Publisher: American Chemical Society


DOI: 10.1021/ic010362n

PubMed id: 11735468


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