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Synthetic and X-ray Structural and Reactivity Studies of Cp*RuIV Complexes Containing Bidentate Dithiocarbonate, Xanthate, Carbonate, and Phosphinate Ligands (Cp* = η5-C5Me5)

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posted on 19.02.2007, 00:00 by Elaine Phuay Leng Tay, Seah Ling Kuan, Weng Kee Leong, Lai Yoong Goh
The reaction of [Cp*RuCl2]2 (1; Cp* = η5-C5Me5) with tetraalkyldithiuram disulfides (R2NC(S)SS(S)CNR2, R = Me, Et), isopropylxanthic disulfide ([iPrOC(S)S]2), and bis(thiophosphoryl) disulfide ([(iPrO)2P(S)S]2) led to the isolation of dark-red crystalline solids of Cp*RuIVCl22-dithiolate) complexes [dithiolate = S2CNR2, DTCR (2a, R = Me; 2b, R = Et), S2COiPr (3), and S2P(iPrO)2 (4)]. Dichlorido substitution in 2 and 3 with DTCEt and S2COiPr anions yielded RuIV derivatives containing bis(DTC) and mixed DTC−dithiocarbonate ligands. These are the first organoruthenium complexes of such ligands. The reaction of monophosphines with 2a resulted in monochlorido substitution, whereas the analogous reaction with 3 resulted in displacement of both chlorido ligands and reduction of the metal center to RuII. Reduction at Ru was also observed in the reaction of 2a with [CpCr(CO)3]2. Of these complexes, only 2 and 3 are air-stable in the solid state for an extended period. All of the complexes have been spectrally characterized, and selected compounds are also crystallographically characterized.