Syntheses, reactivity studies and structural characterisation of triruthenium carbonyl methoxynitrido clusters containing phosphine ligands

Kenneth Ka-Hong Lee, Wing Tak Wong

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The substitution reaction of the methoxynitrido cluster, [Ru3(CO)9(μ3-CO)(μ3-NOMe)] 1 with PPh3affords both mono- and di-substituted products with the formulae [Ru3(CO)8(μ3-CO)(μ3-NOMe)(PPh3)] 2 and [Ru3(CO)7(μ3-CO)(μ3-NOMe)(PPh3)2] 3, respectively. When a bidentate phosphine such as bis(diphenylphosphino)methane (dppm) is used, [Ru3(CO)7(μ3-CO)(μ3-NOMe)(μ-dppm)] 4 is formed, in which the dppm ligand replaced two equatorial carbonyls from two adjacent Ru centres. Both clusters 3 and 4 are stable when heated, while vacuum pyrolysis of 2 yields a di-isocyanate cluster [Ru3(CO)8(μ-NCO)2(PPh3)2] 5 with the two isocyanate ligands spanning over the open RuRu edge on both sides of the Ru3plane.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)200-208
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Cluster
  • Isocyanate
  • Methoxynitrido
  • Phosphine
  • Ruthenium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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