Solution and solid-state structure of the anion [Ag-2{closo-CB11H12}(4)](2-)

M A Fox, M F Mahon, N J Patmore, A S Weller

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Addition of the carbene 1,3-dimesitylimidazol-2-ylidene (IMes) to a toluene solution of Ag[closo-CB11H12] results in the formation of the complex [(IMes)(2)Ag](2)[Ag{closo-CB11H12}(4)], the anionic component of which contains two silver(I) centers bridged by two carboranes in addition to one terminally bound carborane on each metal, in the solid-state. Comparison of the observed B-11{H-1} NMR chemical shifts of [(IMes)(2)Ag](2)[Ag-2}closo-CB11H12H12}(4)] or Ag[closo-CB11H12] with [NBu4][closo-CB11H12] in CD2Cl2 demonstrates that the silver ion interacts significantly with the cage in solution. Theoretical investigations using the ab initio/GIAO/NMR method of [closo-CB11H12](-) and Na[closo-CB11H12](-) as model geometries for the silver salts support experimental evidence for these Ag...{BH} interactions in solution.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4567-4573
Number of pages7
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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