Thorium cubanes (py)8Th4(μ3-E′)4(μ2-EPh)4(ν-EPh)4 (E, E′ = S, Se) were prepared from ligand-based redox reactions of elemental E′ with Th(EPh)4. Products with all four possible E/E′ combinations (E,E′ = S,S; Se,Se; S,Se; Se,S) were isolated and structurally characterized, ligand exchange reactions were explored, and the heterochalcogen compounds (py)8Th4(μ3-S)4(μ2-SePh)4(ν-SePh)4 and (py)8Th4(μ3-Se)4(μ2-SPh)4(ν-SPh)4 were heated to deliver solid solutions of ThSxSe2-x. NMR spectroscopy indicated that the structure of (py)8Th4(μ3-Se)4(μ2-SePh)4(ν-SePh)4 is static in pyridine solution, with no exchange between bridging and terminal PhE- ligands on the NMR time scale. A computational analysis of 77Se NMR shifts provides insight into the solution structure of both clusters and monomeric chalcogenolates.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry