The synthesis of a series of metal mono-acetylides trans-[(dppe)2Ru(Cl)(C≡C-R)] (R = C6H4-p-C6H5, C6H4-p-CH3, C6H4-p-NO2, C6H3-o-CH3-p-NO2, dppe = Ph2PCH2CH2PPh2), and unsymmetrical metal bis-acetylides trans-[(dppm)2M(C≡C-R)(C≡C-R′)]; (M = Ru, Os; R = C6H4-p-NO2, R′ = C6H5, C6H4-p-CH3; R = C6H5, R′ = C6H4-p-C6H3) using a variety of σ-acetylide coupling reactions is reported. Three compounds have been structurally characterised, including the unsymmetrical trans-[(dppm)2Os(C≡C-R)(C≡C-R′)] (R = C6H4-p-CH3, R′ = C6H4-p-NO2] which shows the 'rigid-rod' nature of the acetylide-metal-acetylide linkage. The electrochemistry of symmetrical and unsymmetrical Ru(II) complexes demonstrates the role of the acetylide and the auxiliary ligands in determining the ease of oxidation at the metal centre whilst UV-vis spectral changes illustrate the influence of electron-withdrawing and -donating ligands.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Materials Chemistry