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Journal Article


Organometallics, Volume 26, Number 11, p.2833-2839 (2007)



The reaction of {[n-Bu2Sn(OH2)4]2+[2,5-Me2C6H3SO3-]2} (2) with 1,10-phenanthroline affords {[n-Bu2Sn(OH2)(Phen)(O3SC6H3-2,5-Me2)]+[2,5-Me2C6H3SO3]-} (3) by the displacement of two water molecules by the chelating phenanthroline ligand and one water molecule by a sulfonate ligand. In contrast, 2 undergoes hydrolysis on treatment with pyridine, resulting in the formation of {[n-Bu2Sn(μ-OH)(O3SC6H3-2,5-Me2)]2}n (4). Formation of 4 also occurs in the reaction of 3 with pyridine as well as in a 1:1 reaction of [n-Bu2SnO]n with 2,5-Me2C6H3SO3H·2H2O. The molecular structure of 3 contains a six-coordinate tin with a coordination environment comprising the chelating phenanthroline ligands, two butyl substituents, one water molecule, and one sulfonate ligand. Extensive hydrogen-bonding interactions (O−H- - -O, C−H- - -O, and O- - -π) in the crystal structure result in the formation of a three-dimensional supramolecular architecture for 3. The crystal structure of 4 reveals that it is a two-dimensional coordination polymer. The basic repeat unit of the coordination polymer contains a [Sn(μ-OH)]2 distannoxane ring. Anisobidentate coordination action of the sulfonate ligand results in the generation of 20-membered macrocycles, which are linked to each other to form the two-dimensional coordination polymer network.

Cite this Research Publication

Vadapalli Chandrasekhar, Puja Singh, and Dr. Gopal K., “Direct Hydrolysis of Hydrated Organotin Cations:  Synthesis and Structural Characterization of [n-Bu2Sn(OH2)(Phen)(O3SC6H3-2,5-Me2)]+[2,5-Me2C6H3SO3]- (Phen = 1,10-phenanthroline) and [n-Bu2Sn(μ-OH)(O3SC6H3-2,5-Me2)]2n”, Organometallics, vol. 26, pp. 2833-2839, 2007.