Journal article

Synthesis and characterisation of fifteen-electron dihalo(carbonyl)tungsten(iii) complexes, Tp*WX2(CO) (X = Br, I)

Simon Thomas, Robert W Gable, Charles G Young

Chemical Communications | ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY | Published : 2020


The oxidation of Tp*WIII(NCMe)(CO) [Tp* = hydrotris(3,5-dimethylpyrazol-1-yl)borate] by iodine in refluxing acetonitrile produces paramagnetic Tp*WIIII2(CO), with μeff = 1.70 μB and ν(CO) = 1881 cm-1. The analogous bromo complex, Tp*WIIIBr2(CO) (μeff = 1.72 μB, ν(CO) = 1905 cm-1), is produced by the oxidative decarbonylation of Tp*WI(CO)3 with bromoacetonitrile in refluxing tetrahydrofuran. The crystal structures of both complexes reveal mononuclear, six-coordinate, distorted octahedral metal complexes bearing facial Tp* and mutually cis halide and carbonyl ligands. The structures, magnetic moments and spectroscopic data (including isotropically shifted NMR spectra) are consistent with a low..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank Dr Stephen P. Best for helpful discussions and gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Australian Research Council.