• Chemistry of dihydrogen complexes containing only phosphorus co-ligands

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      Hydrogen; hydride ligands; NMR spectroscopy; ruthenium

    • Abstract


      A series of new dicationic dihydrogen complexes of ruthenium of the typecis-[(dppm)2Ru(η2-H2)(L)][BF4]2 (dppm = Ph2PCH2PPh2; L = phosphite) have been prepared by protonating the precursor hydride complexescis-[(dppm)2Ru(H)(L)][BF4] using HBF4•Et2O. The precursor hydride complexes have been obtained fromtrans-[(dppm)2Ru(H)(L)][BF4] (L = phosphite) via a rare acid-catalysed isomerization reaction in six coordinate species. Thetrans-[(dppm)2Ru(H)(L)][BF4] complexes (L = phosphine) upon protonation gave the isomerized derivatives, however, further addition of acid resulted in a five-coordinate species, [(dppm)2RuCl]+ presumably via an intermediate phosphine dihydrogen complex. The electronic as well as the steric properties of the co-ligands seem to strongly influence the structure-reactivity behaviour of this series of complexes.

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      Balajir Jagirdar1 Nisha Mathew1

      1. Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore - 560 012, India
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  • Journal of Chemical Sciences | News

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