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Some reactions of an η3-tetracyanobutadienyl-ruthenium complex

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Abstract

In the η3-butadienyl complex Ru{η3-C(CN)2CPhC[double bond, length as m-dash]C(CN)2}(PPh3)Cp 1, which is formed from Ru(C[triple bond, length as m-dash]CPh)(PPh3)2Cp and tcne, a CN group reacts with MeO to give the methoxy-amide Ru{NH[double bond, length as m-dash]C(OMe)C(CN)[double bond, length as m-dash]CCPh[double bond, length as m-dash]C(CN)2}(PPh3)Cp 2, in which the NH has displaced the C[double bond, length as m-dash]C from the Ru centre with formation of a RuC3N ring. “Click addition” of azide to a CN group in 1 gives the oligomeric tetrazolato complex Ru{N3N[Na(OEt2)][double bond, length as m-dash]CC(CN)[double bond, length as m-dash]CCPh[double bond, length as m-dash]C(CN)2}(PPh3)Cp 3, also containing a RuC3N ring. Salt-elimination reactions of 3 with MeOTf, FeCl(dppe)Cp, RuCl(dppe)Cp* and trans-PtCl2{P(tol)3}2 result in selective substitution at one nitrogen atom of the RuC3N ring. Geometries of 1 and the anion in 3 were computed by DFT methods. Preferences for CN groups attacked in the nucleophilic and cycloaddition reactions of 1 are supported by NBO calculations. Alkylation of 1 in reactions with 1,2-dimethoxyethane gave two isomers of Ru{N3[CH(CH2OMe)(OMe)]N[double bond, length as m-dash]CC(CN)[double bond, length as m-dash]CCPh[double bond, length as m-dash]C(CN)2}(PPh3)Cp 8 and 9, differing in the sites of attachment of the alkyl group, likely by radical processes. The molecular structures of eight complexes are reported, including a re-determination of 1. Computed NMR chemical shifts are used to reassign the butadienyl carbon resonances in the 13C NMR spectrum of 1.

Graphical abstract: Some reactions of an η3-tetracyanobutadienyl-ruthenium complex

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The article was received on 12 Oct 2009, accepted on 29 Jan 2010 and first published on 11 Mar 2010


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B921324D
Dalton Trans., 2010,39, 3759-3770

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    Some reactions of an η3-tetracyanobutadienyl-ruthenium complex

    M. I. Bruce, M. A. Fox, P. J. Low, B. W. Skelton and N. N. Zaitseva, Dalton Trans., 2010, 39, 3759
    DOI: 10.1039/B921324D

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