Cyanide Compounds

Spiccia, Leone; Murray, Keith S.; Young, Jacqui F.; Rogez, Guillaume; Marvilliers, Arnaud; Mallah, Talal; Marvaud, Valérie; Verdaguer, Michel; Scuiller, Ariane; Shores, Matthew P.; Berseth, Polly A.; Long, Jeffrey R.; Bonadio, Federica; Larionova, Joulia; Gross, Mathias; Biner, Margret; Stoeckli-Evans, Helen; Decurtins, Silvio; Pilkington, Melanie; Appelt, Ralf; ... (2004). Cyanide Compounds. In: Shapley, John R. (ed.) Inorganic Syntheses 34 (pp. 133-183). Hoboken: Wiley 10.1002/0471653683.ch4

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Chapter 4, “Cyanide Compounds,” illustrates an explosively developing research theme in which the cyanide ligand is used as a linking agent for the designed assembly of polynuclear metal complexes. Syntheses of several basic building blocks, such as K3[Cr(CN)6],Cr(Me3tacn)(CN)3,K4[Mo(CN)8],Na[W(CO)5CN],K[CpFe(CO)(CN)2],[NEt4][Cp*Rh(CN)3],[Fe4(bpy)8(μ-CN)4][PF6]4,. are given here. These units may be used in several ways to construct polynuclear compounds. One approach involves a hexacyanometalate core decorated with peripheral metal centers, e.g., [{Cu(tpa)(CN)}6Fe][ClO4]8. or [Cr{CNNi(tetren)}6][ClO4]9. An octacyanometalate unit can lead to higher nuclearity condensed compounds, as in [Co{Co(MeOH)3}8(μ-CN)30{Mo(CN)3}6]. Alternatively, a cluster core may be substituted with cyano complexes as ligands, as in [PPh4]2[Fe4S4{NCW(CO)5}4]. If there are two cis cyano ligands on the building block, then quadrilateral or square structures often result, as in {CpFe(CO(μ-CN)2Cu(PCy3)}2 and [Fe2Cu2(bpy)6(μ-CN)4][PF6]4 However, if there are three adjacent cyano ligands, then cubic cages may be constructed as in [(CpCo)4(Cp*Rh)4(μ-CN)12][PF6]4.

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