Silver (I)-2,2′:6′,2″-terpyridine complexes: X-ray structures of [{Ag(tpy) (MeCN)}2][PF6]2 and [Ag(dptpy) (MeCN)] [BF4] · MeCN (tpy = 2,2′ : 6′,2″-terpyridine; dptpy = 6,6″-diphenyl-2,2′:6′,2″-terpyridine)

Edwin C. Constable, Andrew J. Edwards, Geoffrey R. Haire, Michael J. Hannon, Paul R. Raithby

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The coordination of silver(I) acetate with 2,2′ : 6′,2″-terpyridine (tpy) and 6,6″-diphenyl-2,2′ : 6′,2″-terpyridine (dptpy) has been investigated. In contrast to the behaviour with copper(I), no dinuclear double-helical species have been unambiguously isolated although there is evidence that double-helical [Ag2L2]2+ complexes exist in weakly-coordinating solvents. In the case of 2,2′ : 6′,2″-terpyridine, a species containing a square-planar [Ag(tpy) (MeCN)]+ caton has been isolated and structurally characterised whilst with 6,6″-diphenyl-2,2′ : 6′,2″-terpyridine a related but very distorted [Ag(dptpy)(MeCN)]+ species has been structurally characterised.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-253
Number of pages11
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • 2,2′
  • 6′,2″-terpyridine
  • Crystal structures
  • Helicates
  • Oligopyridines
  • Silver(I) complexes
  • Supramolecular chemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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