Cationic dihydrogen/dihydride complexes of osmium: Structure and dynamics

Jonathan D. Egbert, R. Morris Bullock, D. Michael Heinekey

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Reaction of Cp*Os(CO)2Cl with [Et3Si][BAr 4F] under hydrogen gas affords the cationic hydrogen complex [Cp*Os(CO)2(H2)][BAr4 F] (1) (Cp* = C5Me5; ArF = C6F5). When this reaction is carried out with HD gas, complex 1-d1 results, with JHD -24.5 Hz. When solutions of complex 1 are monitored by 1H NMR spectroscopy over several days, the gradual formation of a trans dihydride species is observed. Similarly, reaction of CpOs(dppm)Br with Na[BArF*4] (Ar F* = 3,5-(CF3)2C6H 3) under hydrogen affords the cationic dihydride complex [CpOs(dppm)H2][BArF*4] (2). At 295 K, complex 2 exists as a 10:1 mixture of cis and trans isomers. The 1H NMR spectrum of the cis form in the hydride region exhibits a triplet with JHP = 6.5 Hz, due to rapid exchange of the hydrogen atoms. At low temperature, static spectra of the HH′PP′ spin system can be obtained, revealing quantum mechanical exchange coupling between the two hydride ligands. The observed JHH′ is temperature dependent, varying from 133 Hz at 141 K to 176 Hz at 198 K. This is the first report of detectable exchange coupling between pairs of chemically equivalent hydrogen atoms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2291-2295
Number of pages5
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Apr 23 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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