Bimetallic cluster complexes: the synthesis, structures, and bonding of ruthenium carbonyl cluster complexes containing palladium and platinum with the bulky tri-tert-butyl-phosphine ligand. Academic Article uri icon


  • The bis-phosphine compounds M(PBut3)2, M = Pd and Pt, readily eliminate one PBut3 ligand and transfer MPBut3 groups to the ruthenium-ruthenium bonds in the compounds Ru3(CO)12, Ru6(CO)17(micro6-C), and Ru6(CO)14(eta6-C6H6)(micro6-C) without displacement of any of the ligands on the ruthenium complexes. The new compounds, Ru3(CO)12[Pd(PBut3)]3, 10, and Ru6(CO)17(micro6-C)[Pd(PBut3)]2, 11, Ru6(CO)17(micro6-C)[Pt(PBut3)]n, n = 1 (12), n = 2 (13), and Ru6(CO)14(eta6-C6H6)(micro6-C)[Pd(PBut3)]n, n = 1 (15), n = 2 (16), have been prepared and structurally characterized. In most cases the MPBut3 groups bridge a pair of mutually bonded ruthenium atoms, and the associated Ru-Ru bond distance increases in length. Fenske-Hall calculations were performed on 10 and 11 to develop an understanding of the electron deficient metal-metal bonding. 10 undergoes a Jahn-Teller distortion to increase bonding interactions between neighboring Ru(CO)4 and Pd(PBut3) fragments. 11 has seven molecular orbitals important to cluster bonding in accord with cluster electron-counting rules.

published proceedings

  • J Am Chem Soc

author list (cited authors)

  • Adams, R. D., Captain, B., Fu, W., Hall, M. B., Manson, J., Smith, M. D., & Webster, C. E.

citation count

  • 62

complete list of authors

  • Adams, Richard D||Captain, Burjor||Fu, Wei||Hall, Michael B||Manson, Josiah||Smith, Mark D||Webster, Charles Edwin

publication date

  • April 2004