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Passing norbornadiene in Ar over a solution of RuCl2[P(C6H5)3]4 in Ch2Cl2 results in slow deposition of single crystals of the extremely insoluble title compound. The compound crystallizes in monoclinic space group P21/c with unit cell constants a 14.213(3), b 14.486(2), c 17.079(2) , 97.13(1), and c 1.50 g mc-3 for Z = 4. Full-matrix least-squares refinement has led to a final R1 value of 0.057 based on 2460 independent observed (I 3(I)) reflections. The molecule attains an approximately octahedral geometry with cis-chlorine and trans-phosphine ligands. The norbornadiene ligand bonds symmetrically to the metal with long CC bonds of 1.408(12) and 1.415(120 . The average values of some other important bond distances are: RuCl 2.440 0.006 ; RuP 2.479 0.003 ; RuC 2.21 0.02 . 1981.
Journal of Organometallic Chemistry
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Bergbreiter, D. E., Bursten, B. E., Busten, M. S., & Cotton, F. A.