Synthesis, characterization and crystal structures of some linked metal carbonyl clusters derived from diethynyl-substituted silane and disilane ligands

Chun Kin Wong, Guo Liang Lu, Cheuk Lam Ho, Wai Yeung Wong, Zhenyang Lin

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The use of diethynylsilane, diethynyldisilane and diethynyldisiloxane in the synthesis of some linked metal carbonyl clusters is demonstrated. New dimeric η2-diyne complexes of cobalt [{Co2(CO)6}2(η2-diyne)], ruthenium [{(μ-H)Ru3(CO)9}2(μ3-η2,η2-diyne)] and osmium [{(μ-CO)Os3(CO)9}2(μ3-η2-diyne)] {diyne=HC≡CSi(CH3)2C≡CH, HC≡CSi(CH3)2-Si(CH3)2C≡CH, HC≡CSi(CH3)2-O-Si(CH3)2C≡CH or HC≡CSi(Ph)2C≡CH} have been prepared in good yields from the reaction of [Co2(CO)8], [Ru3(CO)12] and [Os3(CO)10(NCMe)2] with half an equivalent of the appropriate diyne ligand, respectively. All the twelve compounds have been characterized by IR and1H NMR spectroscopies and mass spectrometry. The molecular structures of eight of them have been determined by X-ray crystallography. Structurally, each of the tetracobalt species displays two Co2C2cores adopting the pseudo-tetrahedral geometry with the alkyne bond lying essentially perpendicular to the Co-Co vector. For the group 8 ruthenium and osmium analogues, the hexanuclear carbonyl clusters consist of two trinuclear metal cores with the μ3-η2,η2bonding mode for the acetylene groups in the former case and μ3-(η2-{double pipe}) bonding mode in the latter one. Density functional theory was employed to study the electronic structures of these molecules in terms of the nature of the silyl or disilyl unit and its substituents.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-484
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Cluster Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Alkynes
  • Cobalt
  • Crystal structures
  • Osmium
  • Ruthenium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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