Synthesis, molecular structure, and molybdenum complexes of 1,1′-bis(diphenylphosphino)cobaltocene

Daniel L DuBois, Charles W. Eigenbrot, Alex Miedaner, James C. Smart, R. Curtis Haltiwanger

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Abstract

The synthesis of 1,1′-bis(diphenylphosphino)cobaltocene (1), (C5H4PPh2)2Co, from TlC5H4PPh2 and CoCl2 is described. The ligand 1 coordinates to one Mo(CO)4 fragment as a chelating bidentate ligand to form [Co(C5H4PPh2)2] [Mo(CO)4] (2) and to two Mo(CO)5 fragments as a bridging bidentate ligand to form [Co(C5H4PPh2)2] [Mo(CO)5]2 (3). Molecular structure determinations have been carried out on compounds 1 and 3. Compound 1 crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P21/c with cell dimensions a = 8.5966 (16) Å, b = 18.765 (4) Å, c = 8.8137 (15) Å, β = 99.702 (14)°, Z = 2, and ρ = 1.32 g cm-3. The structure was solved from 1735 observed reflections (F > 6σ(F)) and refined to final residuals of R = 0.033 and Rw = 0.041. Compound 3 crystallizes in the monoclinic space group C2/c with a = 16.651 (5) Å, b = 12.669 (6) Å, c = 26.322 (9) Å, β = 99.42 (2)°, Z = 4, and ρ = 1.47 g cm-3. The structure was solved from 1474 reflections (F > 6σ(F)) and refined to final residuals of R = 0.048 and Rw = 0.060. The puckering of the substituted cyclopentadienyl ring of 1 is interpreted with the aid of molecular orbital calculations. Cyclic voltammetry of 1 and Fe(C5H4PPh2)2 (4) and their complexes indicate that substitution of the cyclopentadienyl ring and coordination of 1 and 4 to molybdenum carbonyl fragments affects both the redox potential and electrochemical reversibility of electron-transfer processes occurring at cobalt and iron.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1405-1411
Number of pages7
JournalOrganometallics
Volume5
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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    DuBois, D. L., Eigenbrot, C. W., Miedaner, A., Smart, J. C., & Haltiwanger, R. C. (1986). Synthesis, molecular structure, and molybdenum complexes of 1,1′-bis(diphenylphosphino)cobaltocene. Organometallics, 5(7), 1405-1411.