Gyroscope-like molecules consisting of PdX2/PtX2 rotators encased in three-spoke stators: synthesis via alkene metathesis, and facile substitution and demetalation.

Reactions of trans-MCl2(P((CH2)6(CH=CH2)3)2 (M = a, Pd; b, Pt) and Grubbs' catalyst, followed by hydrogenation (ClRh(PPh3)3), give the title compounds trans-MCl2(P((CH2)14)3P) (2a, 37%; 2b, 43%). These react with LiBr, NaI, and KCN to give the corresponding MBr2, MI2, and M(CN)2 species (58-99%). 13C NMR data show that the MX2 moieties rapidly rotate within… CONTINUE READING