Synthetic approaches to the chiral, pyramidal, transition-metal Lewis acid [(.eta.5-C5H5)Re(NO)(PPh3)]+X-. Generation, characterization, and reactions of a dichloromethane adduct Academic Article uri icon


  • Reaction of (η5-C5H5)Re(NO)(PPh3)(CH3) (2) with HBF4.0(C2H5)2and HPF6.0(C2H5)2(CH2C12, -78 °C) gives reactive intermediates (1+BF4, 1+PF6) that are functional equivalents of the chiral, pyramidal, 16-valence-electron, transition-metal Lewis acid [(η5-C5H5)Re(NO)(PPh3)]+. Low-temperature13C NMR spectra show that 1+X“ contains coordinated CH2C12. Reactions of 1+X“ with Lewis bases (RCN, CO, H2C=CH2, 0=PPh3, -CN) give adducts [(η5-C5H5)Re(NO)(PPh3)(L)p+(65-86%). Optically active (S)-l+X“ is generated from optically active methyl complex (+)-(S)-2, as assayed by the formation of Lewis base adducts in 98-99% ee and with overall retention of configuration. Low-temperature NMR data suggest methyl hydride complex [(η5-C5H5)Re(NO)(PPh3)(CH3)(H)]+X“ to be a precursor of 1 +xlThis is supported by the characterization of more stable analogues [(η5-C5H5)Re(NO)(PPh3)(R)(H)]+BF4“ (R = H, CH2C6H5). While 1+PF6” decomposes to many products, 1+BF4” decomposes (2–4 h, -20 °C) chiefly to bridging chloride complex (SS, RR)-[(η5-C5H5)Re(NO)(PPh3)]2Cl+BF4~ ((SS,iLR)-13+BF4_, 64%). This structural assignment is confirmed by an independent synthesis of (+)-(SS)-13+BF4~ from (5')-l+BF4“ and chloride complex (+).(S)-(η5-C5H5)Re(NO)(PPh3)(Cl) ((+)-(S)-9). When (SS^R)-13+BF4~ is refluxed in CH3CN or acetone, [(r?5-C5H5)Re(NO)(PPh3)(L)]+BF4- (L = CH3CN, acetone; 92-96%) and 9 (96-98%) form. © 1989, American Chemical Society. All rights reserved.

author list (cited authors)

  • Fernandez, J. M., & Gladysz, J. A.

citation count

  • 57

publication date

  • January 1989