Comparison of molecular structures of cis-bis[8-(dimethylphosphanyl)quinoline]nickel(II) and -platinum(II) complex cations

Masatoshi Mori, Takayoshi Suzuki

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The crystal structures of the complexes (SP-4-2)-cis-bis[8-(dimethylphosphanyl)quinoline-κ2 N,P]nickel(II) bis(perchlorate) nitromethane monosolvate, [Ni(C11H12NP)2](ClO4)2·CH3NO2 (1), and (SP-4-2)-cis-bis[8-(dimethylphosphanyl)quinoline-κ2 N,P]platinum(II) bis(tetrafluoroborate) acetonitrile monosolvate, [Pt(C11H12NP)2](BF4)2·C2H3N (2), are reported. In both complex cations, two phosphanylquinolines act as bidentate P,N-donating chelate ligands and form the mutually cis configuration in the square-planar coordination geometry. The strong trans influence of the dimethylphosphanyl donor group is confirmed by the Ni - N bond lengths in 1, 1.970(2) and 1.982(2)Å and, the Pt - N bond lengths of 2, 2.123(4) and 2.132(4)Å, which are relatively long as compared to those in the analogous 8-(diphenylphosphanyl)quinoline complexes. Mutually cis-positioned quinoline donor groups would give a severe steric hindrance between their ortho-H atoms. In order to reduce such a steric congestion, the NiII complex in 1 shows a tetrahedral distortion of the coordination geometry, as parameterized by τ4 = 0.199(1)°, while the PtII complex in 2 exhibits a typical square-planar coordination geometry [τ4 = 0.014(1)°] with a large bending deformation of the ideally planar Me2Pqn chelate planes. In the crystal structure of 2, three F atoms of one of the BF4 - anions are disordered over two sets of positions with refined occupancies of 0.573(10) and 0.427(10).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1813-1817
Number of pages5
JournalActa Crystallographica Section E: Crystallographic Communications
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2020


  • 8-quinolylphosphane
  • asymmetrical bidentate ligand
  • crystal structure
  • square-planar coordination
  • tetrahedral distortion
  • trans influence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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