Experimental and theoretical studies of C-H...M interactions in palladium and platinum complexes derived from 1,2-bis-(2-hydroxymethylphenylthio)ethane. Simplicio González-Montiel*, Diego Martínez-Otero, Noemí Andrade-López, José G. Alvarado-Rodríguez, Manuel Carmona-Pichardo, Julián Cruz-Borbolla, Thangarasu Pandiyan, Leslie W. Pineda. Polyhedron, 87 (2015) 181-193doi:10.1016j.poly.2014.11.007
The molecular structures of several related cis-[?2-SS-(L)MHal2] compounds 1, 1DMSO, 2, 2H2O, 3DMSO, 4 and 5 where L = HOCH2Ph-S-CH2-CH2-S-PhCH2OH, M = Pd or Pt, and Hal = Cl or Br or I, were analyzed by single crystal X-ray diffraction analyses. In all complexes, the presence of intramolecular C?H?M (M = Pd or Pt) interactions with distance values of 2.687?2.914 Å was established. In solid state both syn- or anti-conformers exist; this suggests that one or two ortho-hydrogen atoms on the phenyl rings are close to the metal. Furthermore, the existence of these weak interactions induce a significant effect on the geometry adopted by the metal center. The crystal structures show a wide variety of intermolecular noncovalent bonding such as hydrogen bonds, M?M contacts, ?-?, C?H?? and Hal?? interactions. For all the complexes, the structural analysis performed by Density Functional Theory (DFT) is in good agreement with parametric data obtained from X-ray measurements. Topological analyses of the electron density function [?(r)], which have been performed according to Bader?s Atoms in Molecules theory, reveal bond critical points relating the metal atom with aromatic ortho-hydrogen atoms. Laplacian ?2?(r) and density ?(r) values indicate formation of the weak anagostic C?H?M interactions.