[{AgL}2Mo8O26]n- complexes: A combined experimental and theoretical study

Anastasia V. Chupina, Vladimir Shayapov, Alexander S. Novikov, Victoria V. Volchek, Enrico Benassi, Pavel A. Abramov, Maxim N. Sokolov

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Self-assembly reactions between AgNO3, L (PPh3, PPh2Py, AsPh3, SbPh3) and [β-Mo8O26]4- in DMF led to the formation of [β-{AgL}2Mo8O26]2- anions, which were isolated as Bu4N+ salts (1-4) and characterized by XRD, IR and elemental analysis. In the crystal structures Ag+ can switch the coordination number from 5 (P, As) to 6 (Sb) by uptake of a DMF molecule. High-level QAIM analysis of the coordination sphere around Ag shows critical points even in the case of longer Ag-O distances. Changing the ligand type to a family of substituted pyridines results in novel Ag-L-POM complexes with different environments around Ag+. For 3-X-pyridine ligands (X = Cl, Br, I), complexes with additional DMF molecules [β-{AgL(DMF)}2Mo8O26]2- (5-7) have been isolated. Halogen bonding of the X⋯O type was detected in the crystal structures of 5-7 and studied by DFT calculations, providing estimated energies from 0.9 to 3.4 kcal mol-1. Variation of substituents at the pyridine ring results in the formation of [β-{AgL}2Mo8O26]2- in the case of 2-NH2-py (8), 2-CH3-Py (9), 2,4,6-collidine (10) and 2,6-NH2-py (11). Solution behavior of 1-4 in CH3CN was studied by a hyphenated HPLC-ICP-AES technique. According to the results, the [β-{AgL}2Mo8O26]2- anions are largely dissociated in this medium. An attempt to change the [Mo8O26]4- precursor to [Mo6O19]2- (in the case of AgNO3 and PyPPh2) resulted in the crystallization of [Ag2(PyPPh2)2(DMF)4][Mo6O19] (12).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1522-1530
Number of pages9
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020


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