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Inorg Chem. 2010 Dec 6;49(23):10820-32. doi: 10.1021/ic101215v. Epub 2010 Nov 10.

Boronyl ligand as a member of the isoelectronic series BO(-) → CO → NO(+): viable cobalt carbonyl boronyl derivatives?

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College of Electronic Information, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou 310018, PR China.


Recently the first boronyl (oxoboryl) complex [(c-C(6)H(11))(3)P](2)Pt(BO)Br was synthesized. The boronyl ligand in this complex is a member of the isoelectronic series BO(-) → CO → NO(+). The cobalt carbonyl boronyls Co(BO)(CO)(4) and Co(2)(BO)(2)(CO)(7), with cobalt in the formal d(8) +1 oxidation state, are thus isoelectronic with the familiar homoleptic iron carbonyls Fe(CO)(5) and Fe(2)(CO)(9). Density functional theory predicts Co(BO)(CO)(4) to have a trigonal bipyramidal structure with the BO group in an axial position. The tricarbonyl Co(BO)(CO)(3) is predicted to have a distorted square planar structure, similar to those of other 16-electron complexes of d(8) transition metals. Higher energy Co(BO)(CO)(n) (n = 3, 2) structures may be derived by removal of one (for n = 3) or two (for n = 2) CO groups from a trigonal bipyramidal Co(BO)(CO)(4) structure. Structures with a CO group bridging 17-electron Co(CO)(4) and Co(BO)(2)(CO)(3) units and no Co-Co bond are found for Co(2)(BO)(2)(CO)(8). However, Co(2)(BO)(2)(CO)(8) is not viable because of the predicted exothermic loss of CO to give Co(2)(BO)(2)(CO)(7). The lowest lying Co(2)(BO)(2)(CO)(7) structure is a triply bridged (2BO + CO) structure closely related to the experimental Fe(2)(CO)(9) structure. However, other relatively low energy Co(2)(BO)(2)(CO)(7) structures are found, either with a single CO bridge, similar to the experimental Os(2)(CO)(8)(μ-CO) structure; or with 17-electron Co(CO)(4) and Co(BO)(2)(CO)(3) units joined by a single Co-Co bond with or without semibridging carbonyl groups. Both triplet and singlet Co(2)(BO)(2)(CO)(6) structures are found. The lowest lying triplet Co(2)(BO)(2)(CO)(6) structures have a Co(CO)(3)(BO)(2) unit coordinated to a Co(CO)(3) unit through the oxygen atoms of the boronyl groups with a non-bonding ∼4.3 Å Co···Co distance. The lowest lying singlet Co(2)(BO)(2)(CO)(6) structures have either two three-electron donor bridging η(2)-μ-BO groups and no Co···Co bond or one such three-electron donor BO group and a formal Co-Co single bond.


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