Anionic Group 6 metal carbonyl oxalate complexes. X-ray structures of [Et4N]2[W(CO)4C2O4] and [PPN]2[W2(CO)8C2O4].cntdot.1/2(CH3CH2)2O Academic Article uri icon


  • The reaction of the oxalate anion, C2O42-, with W(CO)5(solvent) results in rapid formation of W(CO)4(η2-C2O4)2- (1). On the basis of kinetic parameters previously determined for a series of W(CO)5O2CR-derivatives, complexes containing a carboxylate ligand with a good electron-releasing group, R, are subject to facile displacement of a cis CO. Indeed, in the case of the predicted initial product, W(CO)5(η1-C2O4)2-, this displacement is anticipated to occur readily, as was observed, with t1/2 = 23 s. Complex 1 reacts with a second molecule of W(CO)5(solvent) to form the stable dimer W2(CO)8(η2-C2O4)2- (2). © 1992, American Chemical Society. All rights reserved.

author list (cited authors)

  • Darensbourg, D. J., Chojnacki, J. A., & Reibenspies, J. H.

citation count

  • 12

publication date

  • August 1992