Transition metal complexes of 2,4,6-trimercapto-1,3,5-triazine (TMT): Potential precursors to nanoparticulate metal sulfides

Jaime R. Bailey, M. Jason Hatfield, Kevin R. Henke, Matthew K. Krepps, Jessica L. Morris, Tom Otieno, Karen D. Simonetti, Eric A. Wall, David A. Atwood

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Although known for over 100 years, complexes of the TMT ligand with transition metals have not, until now, been prepared in a predictable and controlled manner. In the present work, high yield, intentional syntheses of a series of transition metal-TMT combinations are reported. These are of the form M3(TMT)2·nH2O (M=Co (1), Cu (2), Cd(3)), M(HTMT)·nH2O (M=Co (4), Cu (5)) and M(H2TMT)2·nH2O (M=Co (6), Cu (7)). They are prepared by carefully controlling the pH of aqueous TMT solutions and metal to ligand stoichiometry. Serving to demonstrate that these transition metal-TMT complexes may be useful as materials precursors, nanoparticulate Greenockite (CdS) was formed by increasing the pH of a solution of 3.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-190
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Mar 30 2001

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This project was supported by the Office of Naval Research (N00014-00-1-0630), NSF-KY EPSCoR, and the EKU Institutional Research Program. The Chemical U.S. Travel Program (CHUST) administered through The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden provided a fellowship to E.A.W. to study at the University of Kentucky for the Summer of 2000.


  • Cadmium sulfide
  • Nanoparticulate metal sulfides
  • TMT ligand

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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