Crystal structure of an unusual bis(fluorous phosphine) ruthenium(III) complex derived from a fluorous Grubbs’ catalyst Academic Article uri icon


  • Attempted crystallization of (H2IMes)RuCl2(P(CH2CH2Rf8)3)({double bond, long}CHPh) (H2IMes = 1,3-dimesityl-4,5-dihydroimidazol-2-ylidene; Rf8 = (CF2)7CF3) in air affords dark red needles of the octahedral ruthenium(III) salt [H3IMes]+ trans-[RuCl4(P(CH2CH2Rf8)3)2]-, which is structurally characterized. Only crystal structures of square planar adducts of fluorous alkylphosphines have been determined to date. The bond lengths and angles associated with the cation and RuCl4L2 core are similar to those in related compounds. The lattice exhibits fluorous domains unlike those in square planar complexes, and the ponytail conformations are analyzed in detail. The NCHN proton of the cation is hydrogen bonded to two chloride ligands of the anion, and the CH2CH2 "backside" is directed at two chloride ligands of another anion, leading to non-fluorous channels in the lattice. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

author list (cited authors)

  • da Costa, R. C., Hampel, F., & Gladysz, J. A.

citation count

  • 25

publication date

  • February 2007