Synthesis, Characterization and Crystal Structures of Some Metal Carbonyl Linking Clusters of Osmium, Ruthenium and Cobalt Derived from Diethynylarenes

Hua Li, Fai Lung Ting, Cheuk Lam Ho, Yih Hsing Lo, Hoi Yan Lam, Nianyong Zhu, Man Sing Cheung, Zhenyang Lin, Wai Yeung Wong

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The use of various diethynylarene ligands in the synthesis of some metal carbonyl linking clusters is established. New dimeric complexes of osmium [{(μ-CO)Os3(CO)9}2(μ3-η2-diyne)], ruthenium [{(μ-H)Ru3(CO)9}2(μ3-η2,η2-diyne)] or [{(μ-CO)Ru3(CO)9}2(μ3-η2-diyne)] and cobalt [{Co2(CO)6}2(η2-diyne)] (diyne = HC≡CArC≡CH, Ar = 2,7-fluorene, 2,7-fluoren-9-one, bithiazole or bithiophene) have been prepared in good yields from the reaction of [Os3(CO)10(NCMe)2], [Ru3(CO)12] or [Ru3(CO)10(NCMe)2] and [Co2(CO)8] with half an equivalent of the appropriate diethynylarene ligand, respectively. All these cluster compounds have been characterized by IR and1H NMR spectroscopies and mass spectrometry. The molecular structures of three of them have been determined by X-ray crystallography. For the group 8 osmium and ruthenium analogues, the hexanuclear carbonyl clusters consist of two trinuclear metal cores with the exhibition of the μ3-(η2-||) bonding mode for the acetylene groups when [M3(CO)10(NCMe)2] (M = Ru, Os) was used and the μ3-η2,η2bonding mode when [Ru3(CO)12] served as the starting cluster. The tetracobalt species possesses two Co2C2cores adopting the pseudo-tetrahedral geometry having the alkyne bond lying perpendicular to the Co–Co vector in each core. Density functional theory was also used to study the electronic structures of selected molecules.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-307
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Cluster Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Alkyne
  • Cluster
  • Cobalt
  • Osmium
  • Ruthenium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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