Henderson, W., Nicholson, B.K. & Ujam, O.T. (2011). Further investigations on the methylation chemistry of [Pt₂(μ-S)₂(PPh₃)₄]. Journal of Coordination Chemistry, 64(16), 2771-2781.
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The methylation product of the reaction between [Pt₂(µ-S)₂(PPh₃)₄] and MeI in diethyl ether has been reinvestigated using positive-ion electrospray mass spectrometry and found to be contaminated with the dimethylated iodide-containing complex [Pt₂(µ-SMe)₂(PPh₃)₃I]⁺, which is believed to be formed early in the reaction. New, facile routes to the monomethylated complex [Pt₂(µ-S)(µ-SMe)(PPh₃)₄]⁺ have been developed using mild methylating agents. Heating [Pt₂(µ-S)₂(PPh₃)₄] in neat dimethyl methylphosphonate results in rapid and selective conversion to [Pt₂(µ-S)(µ-SMe)(PPh₃)₄]⁺; methylation with Me₃S⁺OH⁻ in refluxing methanol also affords pure [Pt₂(µ-S)(µ-SMe)(PPh₃)₄]⁺, isolated as its hexafluorophosphate salt. The X-ray structure of the previously reported complex [Pt₂(µ-SMe)₂(PPh₃)₂I₂] has also been undertaken.
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