Electrochemical oxidation of organometallic complexes. Carbene and Lewis base complexes of chromium, molybdenum, and tungsten carbonyls Academic Article uri icon


  • Tha oxidative one-electron transfer reactions of a wide variety of Group VI metal carbonyl derivatives have been detected by voltammetry. The compounds studied are of the type M(CO)6 - nLn or M(CO)6 - 2n(LL)n (M = Cr, Mo, W; L = monodentate Lewis base, n = 1 or 2; LL = bidentate Lewis base, n = 1 or 2) and carbene complexes of the type M(CO)5C(X)Y. The value of the potential, E1/2;, is influenced by each of the variables M, L(or LL), n, X, and Y. The order of E1/2;-values follows closely the apparent -acceptor/-donor ratio of the ligand, but comparison with the results of molecular orbital calculations suggests that the influence of L (or of {C(X)Y}) upon the redox orbital is indirect. Steric effects are shown to influence the value of E1/2;, especially where bidentate ligands are present. The oxidation potentials are related to synthetic chemistry in these systems.

published proceedings

  • Journal of the Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions

author list (cited authors)

  • Lloyd, M. K., McCleverty, J. A., Orchard, D. G., Connor, J. A., Hall, M. B., Hillier, I. H., Jones, E. M., & McEwen, G. K.

citation count

  • 66

complete list of authors

  • Lloyd, Malcolm K||McCleverty, Jon A||Orchard, David G||Connor, Joseph A||Hall, Michael B||Hillier, Ian H||Jones, E Malcolm||McEwen, Gerald K

publication date

  • January 1973