Journal of Cluster Science

, Volume 25, Issue 5, pp 1331–1340 | Cite as

Synthesis, Characterization, and Crystal Structure of Tertiary Phosphine-Substituted Diiron Propanedithiolate Complexes

  • Pei-Hua Zhao
  • Sheng-Nan Liu
  • Yun-Feng Liu
  • Ya-Qing Liu
Original Paper


As the active site models of [FeFe]-hydrogenase, two new tertiary phosphine-substituted diiron propanedithiolate complexes [(μ-PDT)Fe2(CO)5L] (PDT = SCH2CH2CH2S, L = P(PhMe-m)3, 1; PPh2(CH2CH2CH3), 2) have been prepared through carbonyl substitution reactions of parent complex [(μ-PDT)Fe2(CO)6] (A) with P(PhMe-m)3 or PPh2(CH2CH2CH3) in the presence of the decarbonylating agent Me3NO·2H2O in MeCN at room temperature. The new complexes 1 and 2 were fully characterized by elemental analysis, FT-IR, 1H, 13C{1H}, and 31P{1H} NMR spectroscopy, as well as for 1 by X-ray crystallography. In addition, the crystal structure of 1 has indicated that the phosphorus atom of the P(PhMe-m)3 ligand resides in an apical position of the pseudo-square-pyramidal geometry of the tertiary phosphine-coordinated Fe2 atom.


Diiron propanedithiolate complexes Tertiary phosphine ligand Carbonyl substitution Synthesis Crystal structure 



This work was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 21301160) and the Natural Science Foundation for Young Scholars of Shanxi Province (No. 2012021007-4).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Center for Engineering Technology of Polymeric Composites of Shanxi Province, College of Materials Science and EngineeringNorth University of ChinaTaiyuanPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.College of Public HealthShanxi Medical UniversityTaiyuanPeople’s Republic of China

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