Reaction of [Co3(CO)9CCl] with [Ni6(CO)12]2– results in a complicated mixture of mixed Co–Ni carbide carbonyl clusters, among which the [Co3Ni9C(CO)20]3– trianion has been isolated in a pure crystalline state and fully characterized by X-ray crystallography. The metal framework of this compound is unprecedented in cluster geometries and may be described as a square antiprism of metal atoms tetra-capped on two alternate pairs of adjacent triangular faces. Despite the presence of a caged carbon atom in the square-antiprismatic cavity, the compound is readily degraded by carbon monoxide (25 °C, 1 atm) mainly to a mixture of [Co(CO)4]– and [Ni(CO)4]. Corresponding degradation of the cluster under a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen yields, in addition, trace amounts of organics, mainly C1 and C2 hydrocarbons, probably derived from the carbide atom.
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Journal of the Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions
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