Homoleptic Pnictogen–Chalcogen Coordination Complexes Academic Article uri icon


  • The synthesis and structural characterization of dicationic selenium and tellurium analogues of the carbodiphosphorane and triphosphenium families of compounds are reported. These complexes, [Ch(dppe)][OTf](2) [Ch = Se, Te; dppe = 1,2-bis(diphenylphosphino)ethane; OTf = trifluoromethanesulfonate], are formed using [Ch](2+) reagents via a ligand-exchange protocol and represent extremely rare examples of homoleptic pnictogen → chalcogen coordination complexes. The corresponding arsenic compounds were also prepared, [Ch(dpAse)][OTf](2) [Ch = Se, Te; dpAse = 1,2-bis(diphenylarsino)ethane], exhibiting the first instance of an arsenic → chalcogen dative bond. The electronic structures of these unique compounds were determined and compared to previously reported chalcogen dications.


  • Dube, Jonathan W
  • Hänninen, Mikko M
  • Dutton, Jason L
  • Tuononen, Heikki M
  • Ragogna, Paul J

publication date

  • August 20, 2012