Soft scorpionate coordination at alkali metals

Rajeev Rajesekharan-Nair, Samuel T Lutta, Alan R Kennedy, John Reglinski, Mark D Spicer

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Reported here are the single-crystal X-ray structure analyses of bis-μ-methanol-κ(4)O:O-bis{[hydrotris(3-phenyl-2-sulfanylidene-2,3-dihydro-1H-1,3-imidazol-1-yl)borato-κ(3)H,S,S'](methanol-κO)sodium(I)}, [Na2(C27H22BN6S3)2(CH4O)4] (NaTm(Ph)), bis-μ-methanol-κ(4)O:O-bis{[hydrotris(3-isopropyl-2-sulfanylidene-2,3-dihydro-1H-1,3-imidazol-1-yl)borato-κ(3)H,S,S'](methanol-κO)sodium(I)}-diethyl ether-methanol (1/0.3333/0.0833), [Na2(C18H28BN6S3)2(CH4O)4]·0.3333C4H10O·0.0833CH3OH (NaTm(iPr)), and a novel anhydrous form of sodium hydrotris(methylthioimidazolyl)borate, poly[[μ-hydrotris(3-methyl-2-sulfanylidene-2,3-dihydro-1H-1,3-imidazol-1-yl)borato]sodium(I)], [Na(C12H16BN6S3)] ([NaTm(Me)]n). NaTm(iPr) and NaTm(Ph) have similar dimeric molecular structures with κ(3)H,S,S'-bonding, but they differ in that NaTm(Ph) is crystallographically centrosymmetric (Z' = 0.5) while NaTm(iPr) contains one crystallographically centrosymmetric dimer and one dimer positioned on a general position (Z' = 1.5). [NaTm(Me)]n is a one-dimensional coordination polymer that extends along the a direction and which contains a hitherto unseen side-on η(2)-C=S-to-Na bond type. An overview of the structural preferences of alkali metal soft scorpionate complexes is presented. This analysis suggests that these thione-based ligands will continue to be a rich source of interesting alkali metal motifs worthy of isolation and characterization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-427
Number of pages7
JournalActa Crystallographica Section C: Structural Chemistry
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2014


  • alkali metal
  • crystal X-ray structure
  • soft scorpionates
  • DFT analysis
  • crystal structure

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