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Sandwich and half-sandwich metal complexes derived from cross-conjugated 3-methylene-penta-1,4-diynes

Vincent, K. B., Gluyas, J. B. G., Zeng, Q., Yufit, D. S., Howard, J. A. K., Hartl, F. and Low, P. J. (2017) Sandwich and half-sandwich metal complexes derived from cross-conjugated 3-methylene-penta-1,4-diynes. Dalton Transactions, 46 (17). pp. 5522-5531. ISSN 1364-5447

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The cross-conjugated ethynyl–vinylidene [Ph2CvC(CuCH){C(H)vCRu(PPh3)2Cp}]PF6 ([4a]PF6), and [FcC (H)vC(CuCH){C(H)vCRu(PPh3)2Cp}]PF6 ([4b]PF6), and ethynyl–alkynyl Ph2CvC(CuCH){CuCRu(PPh3)2Cp} (5a), and FcC(H)vC(CuCH){CuCRu(PPh3)2Cp} (5b) compounds (Cp = η5-cyclopentadienyl) have been prepared from reactions of the known 3-methylene-penta-1,4-diynes Ph2CvC(CuCH)2 (3a) and [FcCHvC(CuCH)2] (3b) with [RuCl(PPh3)2Cp]. The compounds derived from 3b incorporating the more electron-rich alkene proved to be unstable during work-up, and attempts to prepare bis(ruthenium) complexes from 3a and 3b or from transmetallation reactions of the bis(alkynylgold) complex FcCHvC(CuCAuPPh3)2 (7) with RuCl(PPh3)2Cp were unsuccessful. The related bis- and tris(ferrocenyl) derivatives Ph2CvC(CuCFc)2 (6a) and FcCHvC(CuCFc)2 (6b) were more readily obtained from Pd(II)/Cu(I) catalysed cross-coupling reactions of FcCuCH with the 1,1-dibromo vinyl complexes PhCvCBr2 (1a) and FcC(H)vCBr2 (1b). Cyclic voltammetry of 6a and 6b using n-Bu4N[PF6] as the supporting electrolyte shows broad, overlapping waves arising from the sequential oxidation of the ferrocenyl moieties in electronically and chemically similar environments. Electrostatic effects between the ferrocenyl moieties are enhanced in solutions of the weakly ion-pairing electrolyte n-Bu4N[B{C6H3(CF3)2-3,5}4], leading to better resolution of the individual electrochemical processes. The comparative IR spectroelectrochemical response of 6a and 6b suggest the vinyl ferrocene moiety in 6b undergoes oxidation before the ethynyl ferrocene fragments. There is no evidence of electronic coupling between the metallocene moieties and [6a]+, [6b]n+ (n = 1, 2) are best described as Class I mixed-valence compounds.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Chemistry
ID Code:68548
Publisher:Royal Society of Chemistry


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