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Metallaborane Chemistry. 14. Icosahedral 6-arene carbametallaboranes of iron and ruthenium

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  • Maria P. Garcia
  • Michael Green
  • F. Gordon A. Stone
  • Richard G. Somerville
  • Alan J. Welch
  • Clive E. Briant
  • David Cox
  • D. Michael P. Mingos
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1985
<mark>Journal</mark>Dalton Transactions
Issue number11
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)2343-2348
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Icosahedral 2,4-dicarba-1-ferraboranes with η6-bonded benzene, toluene, o-xylene, or naphthalene ligands have been synthesised in moderate yields by reaction of [Fe(cod)(η5-C5H5)](cod = cyclo-octa-1,5-diene) with 2,3-Me2-2,3-C2B9H9 in the presence of the appropriate arene. In addition, the toluene derivative, closo-[1-(η6-C6H5Me)-2,4-Me2-1,2,4-FeC2B9H9](2), has also been obtained by treatment of the carbaborane with [Fe2(µ-η-C6Me6)(η5-C5H5)2] in toluene. Reaction of [RuCl2(η6-C6H6)2] with Tl[TlC2B9H11] affords closo-[3-(η6-C6H6)-3,1,2-RuC2B9H11](7). Complexes (2) and (7) have been characterised by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. Crystals of (2) are orthorhombic, space group Pna21, with a= 21.793(4), b= 8.6274(15), c= 8.636(3)Å, and Z= 4; R= 0.0499 for 1 676 reflections. Complex (7) is also orthorhombic, space group Pnam, with a= 18.477(2), b= 9.191(4), and c= 7.704(1)Å, and Z= 4; R= 0.0223 for 1 723 data. Both species have slightly distorted Icosahedral cage geometries and overall Cs molecular symmetry, space group imposed for (7). The naphthalene derivative [1-(η6-C10H8)-2,4-Me2-1,2,4-FeC2B9H9] undergoes substitution of the arene ligand by CO at 100 bar and 50 °C, to afford the complex [1,1,1-(CO)3-2,4-Me2-1,2,4 FeC2B9H9].