Iron- and Ruthenium-Linked Phosphazenes1

Harry R. Allcock, Linda J. Wagner, Michael L. Levin

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A series of new organometallic phosphazenes that contains Fe-P, Ru-P, Ru-Ru, and Fe-Ru bonds has been isolated. The anions [Fe(CO)2Cp]- and [Ru(CO)2Cp]- react with (NPF2)3 (2) to replace first one and then two (geminal) fluorine atoms by M(CO)2Cp groups. The monoruthenium derivative (5) reacts with [Fe(CO)2Cp]- to form a geminal, mixed-metal organometallic phosphazene (7) that, on photolysis, undergoes decarbonylation to an Fe-Ru bonded derivative (8). The monoiron cyclotriphosphazene (9) does not yield the same mixed-metal species when treated with [Ru(CO)2Cp]- but instead forms the new mixed-metal dimer, FeRu(CO)4Cp2 (10). This dimer can also be prepared by the reaction of [Ru(CO)2Cp]- with Fe(CO)2CpI. Species 8 and its diiron analogue, 4, undergo metal-metal bond cleavage with carbon monoxide. Species 7 and 8 are the first examples of phosphazenes with two different metals linked to a phosphazene ring. The new compounds were characterized by 31P, 19F, and 1H NMR, infrared, and mass spectral techniques. In addition, an X-ray crystal structure analysis of the mixed-metal phosphazene 8 was carried out. The Fe-Ru bond distance in 8 is 2.698 (1) Á and the Fe-P-Ru bond angle is 73.93 (2)°. Evidence was obtained that the organometallic unit perturbs the structure of the phosphazene ring.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1321-1327
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 1983

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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