Molecular Gyroscopes: {Fe(CO)3} and {Fe(CO)2(NO)}+ Rotators Encased in Three‐Spoke Stators; Facile Assembly by Alkene Metatheses Academic Article uri icon


  • Complexes to toy with: Ring-closing metathesis of the bis(phosphane) complexes 1a-c (n = 4-6) followed by hydrogenation gives the "molecular gyroscopes" 2a-c. The crystal structure of 2c and the NMR data for the analogous {Fe(CO)2(NO)}+complex indicate facile rotation of the {Fe(CO)2(L)}m+moieties within the P(CH2)14P spokes. Shorter bridges as in 2a lock the rotators.

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  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Shima, T., Hampel, F., & Gladysz, J. A.

citation count

  • 135

publication date

  • October 2004