Tetraallylsilane π–Complexation: Synthesis and Structure of [Cu5Cl5(CH2–CH=CH2)4Si]



By alternating-current electrochemical technique, starting from CuCl2·2H2O and tetraallylsilane (TAS), crystals of the π complex [Cu5Cl5(CH2–CH=CH2)4Si] (I) were obtained, FTIR characterized and structurally investigated. The structure of I is monoclinic, space group P21/n, a = 12.292(3), b = 12.083(3), c = 13.356(3) Å, β = 90.19(3)°, V = 1983.7(9) Å3 [at 100(2) K], Z = 4; R1 = 0.0379, wR2 = 0.1040 for 3583 reflections. The TAS molecule behaves as a tetradentate cross-bridged ligand linking four (Cu5Cl5) fragments through the C=C bonds. The influence of the inorganic part and ligand symmetries combined with their conformational abilities on the overall crystal symmetry is discussed.