The impact of weak C-H⋯Rh interactions on the structure and reactivity of trans-[Rh(CO)2(phosphine)2]+: An experimental and theoretical examination

Michael Montag, Irena Efremenko, Revital Cohen, Gregory Leitus, Linda J.W. Shimon, Yael Diskin-Posner, Yehoshoa Ben-David, Jan M.L. Martin, David Milstein

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The crystal structure of the new cation ic Rh1 complex trans-[Rh(CO)2(L)2]BF4 (L = a 2-(diisopropylphosphino)isodurene) was found to exhibit a nonlinear OC-Rh-CO fragment and weak intramolecular C-H⋯Rh interactions. These interactions, which have also been shown to occur in solution, have been examined by density functional theory calculations and found to be inextricably linked to the presence of the distorted OC-Rh-CO fragment. This linkage has also been demonstrated by comparison with a highly similar RhI complex, in which these C-H⋯Rh interactions are absent. Furthermore, the presence of these weak interactions has been shown to have a significant effect on the reactivity of the metal center.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8183-8194
Number of pages12
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number27
Publication statusPublished - Sep 19 2008


  • Anagostic interaction
  • C-H activation
  • Carbonyl ligands
  • Phosphines
  • Rhodium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry

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