Complexation of aromatic dichalcogen ligands to germanium

Christina B. E. Meigh, Phillip S. Nejman, Alexandra M. Z. Slawin, J. Derek Woollins

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Eight novel germanium compounds of the type [R2Ge(E-Ar-E)], where R = Me, Ph; E-Ar-E = an aromatic bidentate chalcogen ligand, were successfully synthesised. The effects of changing 3 variables within the series were investigated. These variables included the chalcogen (E = S/Se), aromatic backbone (Ar = Nap/Biphenyl) and R group (Me/Ph) employed. The choice of aromatic backbone had the greatest effect on the structure. A substantial change in geometry around the germanium centre was observed within the solid state structures depending on whether the backbone was naphthalene or biphenyl. This affected the stability of the compound and resulted in the visible decomposition of two selenium complexes over several days. All novel compounds were characterised by multinuclear NMR, IR, mass spectroscopy and single crystal X-ray diffraction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-127
Number of pages8
JournalInorganica Chimica Acta
Early online date28 Oct 2016
Publication statusPublished - 24 Feb 2017


  • Germanium
  • Sulfur
  • Selenium
  • Coordination
  • X-Ray structure


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