Coinage metal complexes of selenoureas derived from N-heterocyclic carbenes

Fady Nahra, Kristof Van Hecke, Alan Kennedy, David James Nelson

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We describe the synthesis and characterisation of a series of new copper and silver complexes with selenourea ligands derived from common and readily-prepared N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs). The copper complexes behave somewhat predictably, typically leading to [CuCl(L)] complexes (with two exceptions). The silver complexes display a diverse range of structural motifs, including [AgCl(µ-L)]2, [AgCl(L)2], [Ag(L)2]+, [Ag(L)3]+, and [(Ag(L)2)2(µ-L)]2+ species. All new complexes are characterised by multinuclear NMR spectroscopy, and several examples are characterised by X-ray crystallography. This study demonstrates the diversity of coordination behaviour that these selenourea ligands can engage in.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages14
JournalDalton Transactions
Early online date30 May 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 May 2018


  • selenourea ligands
  • copper complexes
  • silver complexes
  • N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs)
  • multinuclear NMR spectroscopy
  • X-ray crystallography


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