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Synthesis and structural characterisation of ruthenium and osmium carbonyl clusters containing organomercurials

Abstract

Reaction of the activated cluster [Os3(CO)10(NCMe)2] with [PhHgS(C5H4N)] afforded two new Os–Hg clusters cis-[Os(CO)4{Os3(CO)10(µ-η2-SC5H4N)(µ-Hg)}2] 1 and [{Os3(CO)10(µ-η2-SC5H4N)}24-Hg)] 2 in 25 and 30% yields, respectively. Cluster 1 consists of two {Os3(CO)10(µ-η2-SC5H4N)(µ-Hg)} subunits bonded to a central Os(CO)4 moiety in a cis configuration. Cluster 2 comprises two skewed Os–Hg metal butterflies sharing a common wingtip Hg atom. Treatment of the same organomercurial with [Ru3(CO)10(NCMe)2] produced the cluster compound cis-[Ru(CO)4{Ru3(CO)9(µ-η3-SC5H4N)(µ-Hg)}2] 3 (48%). This has a metal skeleton similar to that of 2 with the {S(C5H4N)} ligand moiety bonding to the ruthenium atoms in a µ-η3 fashion. Treatment of [Os3(CO)10(NCMe)2] with [PhHg(mbt)] (Hmbt = 2-mercaptobenzothiazole) afforded [{Os3(CO)10(µ-η2-mbt)}24-Hg)] 4 (35%) and [Os3(CO)10(µ-η2-mbt)(µ-η2-Hg(mbt)] 5 (20%). Cluster 4 is very similar to 2, but the S(C5H4N) ligand is replaced by the mbt ligand, while 5 consists of an Os3 triangle having one edge spanned by both [µ-η2-mbt] and [µ-η2-Hg(mbt)] moieties. The reaction of [Os5C(CO)15] and [Ru3(CO)12] with another class of organomercurial (diphenylthiocarbazono)phenylmercury reagent [PhHgL′] [L′ = SC(N[double bond, length half m-dash]NPh)([double bond, length half m-dash]NNHPh)] containing a N[double bond, length half m-dash]N functionality under thermal conditions produced [{Os5C(CO)14(µ-η2-SPh)}24-Hg)] 6 (26%) and [{Os5C(CO)14(µ-η2-L′)}24-Hg)] 7 (34%) and [Ru2(CO)4Ph{µ-η2-C(O)Ph}(µ2-S)(µ-η2-L′)] 8 (15%), [Ru2(CO)4{C(O)Ph}{µ-η2-C(O)Ph}(µ2-S)(µ-η2-L′)] 9 (15%) and [{Ru(CO)2Ph}2(µ-η2-L′)] 10 (45%), respectively. In clusters 6 and 7, two {Os5C(CO)14} subunits linked by a common wingtip mercury atom, are bonded with both µ-η2-SPh in 6 and µ-η2-L′ in 7. However, in the case of complexes 8, 9 and 10, only binuclear ruthenium carbonyl complexes formed instead of the expected formation of mixed-metal clusters. Complexes 1–10 result from the cleavage of both Hg–C and Hg–S bonds in the parent organomercury species. All these complexes have been fully characterized by both spectroscopic and crystallographic techniques.

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Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/A902701G
Citation: J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 1999,0, 2497-2510
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    Synthesis and structural characterisation of ruthenium and osmium carbonyl clusters containing organomercurials

    F. Kong and W. Wong, J. Chem. Soc., Dalton Trans., 1999, 0, 2497
    DOI: 10.1039/A902701G

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