The synthesis of novel neutral mononuclear ruthenium fragments for cluster capping reactions and their reactivity

Nicholas E. Leadbeater, Jack Lewis, Paul R. Raithby, Andrew J. Edwards

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The mononuclear complex [Ru(CO)4(C2H4)] (1) reacts with bidentate phosphines to yield the corresponding [Ru(CO)41-bidentate phosphine)] (3) complex in quantitative yield thereby offering a new route to this class of compound. Broadband UV photolysis of dichloromethane solutions of the 1,2-bis(diphenylphosphino)propane (dppp) complex [Ru(CO)41-dppp)] (3d) under an atmosphere of ethene yields the di-substituted complex [Ru(CO)31-dppp)(η2-C2H4)] (9d) in quantitative yield. Both 3d and 9d show potential in selective cluster capping reactions as illustrated by their reactivity with [Ru5C(CO)15] (4) and [Ru3(CO)12] (2).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)567-572
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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