Display Settings:


Send to:

Choose Destination
Inorg Chem. 2013 Sep 16;52(18):10449-55. doi: 10.1021/ic401289k. Epub 2013 Sep 6.

Facile η5-η1 ring slippage of the cycloolefin ligands in osmocene and bis(η5-indenyl)ruthenium(II).

Author information

  • 1Department of Chemistry, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology , Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China.


η(5)-η(1) ring slippage of [OsCp2] (Cp = η(5)-C5H5) and [Ru(η(5)-ind)2] (ind = indenyl) resulting from reaction with the ruthenium(VI) nitride [Ru(L(OEt))(N)Cl2] (1; L(OEt)(-) = [CoCp{P(O)(OEt)2}3](-)) is reported. The treatment of [OsCp2] or [Ru(η(5)-ind)2] with 1 resulted in η(5)-η(1) ring slippage of the cycloolefin ligands and formation of the trinuclear nitrido complexes [Cp(η(1)-C5H5)Os(NRuL(OEt)Cl2)2] (2) or [(η(5)-ind)(η(1)-ind)Ru(NRuL(OEt)Cl2)2] (3). No reactions were found between [OsCp2] and amines, such as pyridine and 2,2'-bipyridyl, or other metal nitrides, such as [Os(L(OEt))(N)Cl2], indicating that the electrophilic property of 1 is essential for ring slippage. The crystal structures of 2 and 3 have been determined. The short Os-N distances in 2 [1.833(5) and 1.817(5) Å] and the (ind)Ru-N distances in 3 [1.827(5) and 1.852(5) Å] are indicative of multiple bond character, consistent with density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Therefore, 2 and 3 may be described by two resonance forms: Ru(VI)-M(II)-Ru(VI) and Ru(IV)-M(VI)-Ru(IV) (M = Os, Ru). Also, DFT calculations indicate that for the reaction of 1 with [OsCp2] or [Ru(η(5)-ind)2], η(5)-η(1) ring slippage is energetically more favorable than the η(5)-η(3) counterpart. The driving force for η(5)-η(1) ring slippage is believed to be the formation of the strong M-N (M = Os, Ru) (multiple) bonds. By contrast, the same reaction with acetonitrile is energetically uphill, and thus no ring slippage occurs.

PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Icon for American Chemical Society
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk