77Se Solid-State NMR Spectroscopy and Structures of Tetramethylammonium Pentaselenide and Hexaselenide Complexes

Patrick J. Barrie, Robin J.H. Clark, Duck Young Chung, Debojit Chakrabarty, Mercouri G. Kanatzidis

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High-resolution 77Se solid-state NMR spectra are reported for [NMe4Se5 and [NMe4]2Se6. The isotropic chemical shifts for the former are similar to those observed for the Se52− ion in solution, suggesting that the conformation adopted by the anion is similar in the solid state and solution. The agreement between the chemical shifts for the Se62− anion in the solid state and solution is less good. The spectra show that the five selenium sites are distinct in [NMe4]2Se5 while the symmetry of [NMe4Se6 is such that there are only three crystallographically different selenium sites. Single-crystal X-ray structure determinations of [NMe4]2Se5 and [NMe4]2Se6 are reported which are consistent with this observation. Using a, ß, and ? to signify the selenium atom positions relative to the ends of the chain, the shielding anisotropies for the a and ß sites are large (in the range 720–1175 ppm), while those for the ? sites are lower than these (614 and 332 ppm).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4299-4304
Number of pages6
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 1995


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  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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