X-Ray Photoelectron Spectra of Inorganic Molecules. 18. Observations on Sulfur 2p Binding Energies in Transition Metal Complexes of Sulfur-Containing Ligands

Stephen A. Best, Patrick Brant, Robert D. Feltham, Thomas B. Rauchfuss, D. Max Roundhill, Richard A. Walton

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Abstract

The S 2p binding energies of a series of nickel(II), palladium(II), and platinum(II) complexes of 1,2-ethanedithiol and benzenethiol occur between 163.5 and 161.5 eV. A comparison between data for the square-planar sulfur-bridged polymers [Ni(SCH2CH2S)]n and [M(SPh)2]n, where M = Ni, Pd, or Pt, and square-planar monomers of the type Ni(SCH2CH2S)L2 and M(SPh)2L2, where L = C6H11NC, PMe2Ph, or 1/2 dppe, shows that the bridging sulfur atoms usually have S 2p binding energies which are higher than those of sulfur atoms in terminal thiol ligands (i.e., R-Sb- ≳ R-St-). For the ligand methionine, which contains a thioether moiety, coordination of the sulfur atom to platinum(II) causes a S 2p chemical shift of +1.2eV. However, in methionine complexes of cobalt(II), nickel(II), copper(II), and zinc(II), in which the sulfur atoms are not complexed, the S 2p binding energies (S 2p3/2 = 163.0 eV) are unchanged from that of the free ligand. Related data for molecules such as [Fe(SCH3)(CO)3]2, [Fe(SC2H5)(NO)2]2 and a variety of dithiocarbamate- and dithiene-metal complexes have also been obtained. These results are discussed in the light of some recent XPS results for several sulfur-containing metalloproteins.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1976-1979
Number of pages4
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Volume16
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 1977
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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