Trans influence of triphenylphosphines and pseudohalogens on Ni-S bonds of NiS2PN and NiS2PC chromophores has been investigated by synthesizing and characterizing them. The complexes show the characteristic thioureide IR band at similar to 1530 cm(-1). Electronic spectrum of the cyanide analogue shows a strong blue shift relative to others. X-ray structures of [Ni(pipdtc)(4-MP)(NCS)] (1), [Ni(pipdtc)(PPh3)(NCS)] (2) and [Ni(pipdtc)(PPh3)(CN)] (3) (pipdtc = piperidinecarbodithioate anion, 4-MP = tri(4-methylphenyl)phopshine) are reported. Ni-S bond distance trans to 4-MP(1) is longer than the distances in (2) and (3) and Ni-S bond distances trans to Ni-NCS/CN decrease as follows: (3) > (2) > (1). Particularly, 4-MP shows a highly significant trans influence than triphenylphosphine on Ni-S bond. Similarly, CN- exerts a marginally significant trans influence compared to NCS-. Thioureide C-N distances are relatively very short due to the drift of electron density towards the metal. The Ni-N-C angle (163.5(2)A degrees) observed in (2) indicates deviation from linearity to a larger extent compared to that in (1) (176.3(3)A degrees) due to the steric effect of the 4-methyl group. The reduction potentials (CV) for the mixed ligand complexes are much less compared to that of the parent NiS4 chromophore due to the pi-acidic phosphines.
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