The mononuclear complex [Ru(CO)4(C2H4)] (1) reacts with bidentate phosphines to yield the corresponding [Ru(CO)4(η1-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)4(η1-dppp)] (3d) under an atmosphere of ethene yields the di-substituted complex [Ru(CO)3(η1-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).
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Materials Chemistry