This work reports a synthetic and kinetic study of CO migratory insertion for a series of thorium hydrocarbyls. Under the conditions employed, the reaction was found to be first order in Th(C//5H//5)//3R and first order in CO. In the case of R equals i-C//3H//7 and CH//2Si(CH//3)//3, enolate rearrangement products were isolated and characterized. The relative rates of CO insertion reflect both steric and electronic effects; there is a significant correlation with experimentally determined Th-R bond disruption enthalpies.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Journal of the American Chemical Society|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 1984|
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