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Durham University

Department of Chemistry

Publication details for Prof. Andrew Beeby

Khairul, W.M., Porres, L., Albesa-Jove, D., Senn, M.S., Jones, M., Lydon, D.P., Howard, J.A.K., Beeby, A., Marder, T.B. & Low, P.J. (2006). Metal cluster terminated "molecular wires". Journal of cluster science 17(1): 65-85.

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The gold complexes Au(C≡CC6H4C≡CC6H4Me)(PPh3) (3) and {Au(PPh3)}2(μ-C≡CC6H4C≡CC6H4C≡CC6H4C≡C) (6), prepared from the reaction of AuCl(PPh3) with the corresponding terminal or trimethylsilyl protected alkynes, react readily with Ru3(CO)10(μ-dppm) to afford phenylene ethynylene derivatives featuring the Ru3(μ-AuPPh3)(μ-C2R)(CO)7 cluster “end-caps”. The hydrido cluster Ru3(μ-H)(μ-C2C6H4C≡CC6H4Me)(CO)7 (4a) has also been obtained. There are significant differences in the absorption spectra of the organic precursors, the gold complexes and the clusters indicate a mixing of electronic states between the cluster and phenylene ethynylene moieties, while the presence of the Ru3 and in particular Ru3(μ-AuPPh3) cluster end-caps leads to a quenching of the phenylene ethynylene centred emission. The crystallographically determined structures of 3, 4a and Ru3(μ-AuPPh3) (μ-C2C6H4C≡CC6H4Me)(CO)7 (4b) are reported.