Platinum(II) acetate

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Platinum(II) acetate is a purple-colored coordination complex. Unlike the corresponding palladium complex, it is not commercially available. Platinum(II) acetylacetonate has been used in its place as a starting point into platinum chemistry.[1]


Several syntheses of platinum(II) acetate have been reported. For example, G. Wilkinson et al. reported a synthesis which involved dissolving sodium hexahydroxyplatinate in nitric acid, heating with acetic acid, and removing excess nitric acid by reduction with formic acid. However, Wilkinson's group reported great variability in the results of this synthesis.[2]

In a more recent synthesis by M. Basato et al., silver acetate was reacted with platinum(II) chloride. Silver(I) is used as a halide-abstraction reagent. The product formed was tetrameric, complexed with two acetic acid molecules.[3]


  1. ^ Sebastian Ahrens & Thomas Strassner (2006). "Detour-free synthesis of platinum-bis-NHC chloride complexes, their structure and catalytic activity in the CH activation of methane". Inorganica Chimica Acta. 359 (15): 4789. doi:10.1016/j.ica.2006.05.042. 
  2. ^ T. A. Stephenson; S. M. Morehouse; A. R. Powell; J. P. Heffer and G. Wilkinson (1965). "667. Carboxylates of palladium, platinum, and rhodium, and their adducts". Journal of the Chemical Society (Resumed): 3632. doi:10.1039/jr9650003632. 
  3. ^ Marino Basato; Andrea Biffis; Gianluca Martinati; Cristina Tubaro; Alfonso Venzo; Paolo Ganis; Franco Benetollo (2003). "Reaction of platinum acetate with phosphines and molecular structure of trans-[Pt(OAc)2(PPh3)2]". Inorganica Chimica Acta. 355: 399. doi:10.1016/S0020-1693(03)00314-1.