A spiked-butterfly cluster: Crystal and electronic structures of [RhRu4H(η5-C5Me5)(CO) 13BH2]

Jane R. Galsworthy, Catherine E. Housecroft, Andrew J. Edwards, Paul R. Raithby

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The crystal structure of [RhRu4H(η5-5Me5) (CO)13BH2] 2 has been determined: monoclinic, space group P21/c, a = 18.118(4), b = 10.823(2), c = 17.432(3) Å, β = 118.49(3)°, Z = 4. The confirmation of this geometry corrects a proposal that we have previously made regarding this compound. Compound 2 has a pentametal skeleton which is best described as a 'spiked-butterfly' with the rhodium atom occupying the 'spike' position. Ambiguities concerning an electron-counting scheme for compound 2 have been addressed by using the Fenske-Hall molecular orbital approach to probe the electronic structure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2935-2939
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)


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