Synthesis, characterization and crystal structures of osmium-rhodium mixed-metal clusters containing pentamethylcyclopentadienyl ligand: [Os3Rh(μ-CO)2(CO)95-Cp*)], [Os3Rh2(μ-H)(μ-CO)2(CO)85-Cp*)(μ251-CH2C5Me4)]

Sarah Yeuk Wah Hung, Wing Tak Wong

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Treatment of the anionic triosmium cluster [N(PPh3)2][Os3(μ-H)(CO)11] with one equivalent of [RhCp*(MeCN)3][{PF6}2] [Cp*=pentamethylcyclopentadiene] yielded three Cp*-containing clusters including [Os3Rh(μ-H)2(μ-CO)(CO)9(η5-Cp*)] 1, [Os3Rh(μ-CO)2(CO)9(η5-Cp*)] 2 and [Os3Rh2(μ-H)(μ-CO)2(CO)8(η5-Cp*)(μ2-η5,η1-CH2C5Me4)] 3. Solid state vacuum pyrolysis of 2 gave 1 in moderate yield via the replacement of a bridging carbonyl by two bridging hydrides. The coupling reaction of [N(PPh3)2][Os3(μ-H)(CO)11] with the monocationic complex, [RhCp*(dppe)Cl][PF6] [dppe=bis(diphenylphosphino)ethane] afforded the tetranuclear cluster [Os3Rh(μ3-H)(μ-Cl)(μ-CO)(CO)9(η5-Cp*)] 4 in a moderate yield. Clusters 2-4 have been fully characterized by both spectroscopic and crystallographic methods. The X-ray structure analysis shows that 3 comprises an edge-bridging tetrahedron in which one of the pentamethylcyclopentadienyl units adopts a novel μ2-η5,η1-bonding mode across a Os-Rh bond. Cluster 4 is a tetranuclear osmium-rhodium mixed-metal cluster containing a chloride, bridging across the wing-tips of the butterfly core.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-55
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Carbonyl
  • Clusters
  • Osmium
  • Pentamethylcyclopentadienyl
  • Rhodium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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