Unusual chalcogen-boron ring compounds: the gas-phase structures of 1,4-B4S2(NMe2)4 and related molecules

Derek A. Wann, Heather E. Robertson, George Bramham, Andrew E. A. Bull, Nicholas C. Norman, Christopher A. Russell, David W. H. Rankin

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Abstract

The structure of 1,4-B4S2(NMe2)4 has been determined by gas-phase electron diffraction and quantum chemical calculations and is compared with the known solid-state structure. While these structures are similar, with a twisted ring geometry [the dihedral angle S-B-B-S from electron diffraction is 75.4(16)°], they are strikingly different to the solid-state structure of 1,4-B4O2(OH)4, which is planar. Using quantum chemical calculations, the combinations of O or S in the ring and OH or NMe2 as the substituent have been studied and it has been shown that there are two separate causes of the twisted ring. Since the calculated (and observed) structure of 1,4-B4O2(OH)4 is planar but that of 1,4-B4S2(OH)4 is twisted, it is concluded that the inclusion of sulfur in the ring twists the structure by approximately 40°. By comparing the structures of 1,4-B4S2(OH)4 and 1,4-B4S2(NMe2)4 it has been determined that the twist caused by the NMe2 groups is around 30°.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1446-1449
Number of pages4
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Keywords

  • VALENCE BASIS-SETS
  • ORBITAL METHODS
  • ELECTRON-DIFFRACTION
  • CRYSTALLINE PHASES
  • 2ND-ROW ELEMENTS
  • AB-INITIO
  • CHEMISTRY
  • SYSTEMS

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