Homo-dinuclear σ-alkynyl complexes: Past, present and opportunities

Stephanie K. Hurst, Tong Ren

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Homo-dinuclear alkynyl complexes with a distinct metal-metal bond constitute a rapidly growing field, where the focus is placed on compounds based on ruthenium, molybdenum, tungsten or rhodium. Interesting characteristics of these complexes include paramagnetism, intense charge-transfer absorptions, tunable bridging ligands, which may not be easily accessible in mononuclear acetylide systems. These complexes have significant potential for use in both molecular electronics and supramolecular chemistry. In this short account, previous work in this area is assessed, and each of the major groups of complexes is discussed in terms of both the synthetic strategies and structural motifs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)188-197
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Mar 17 2003


  • Alkynyl
  • Dinuclear
  • Metal-metal bonding
  • Metallaynes
  • Molecular wires

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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