The reactivity of the cationic, weakly ligated, transition metal compounds, [Pd(MeCN)4](BF4)2 (1); [M(MeCN)6](BF4)2, (M Ni, 2; Co, 3); [M(NO)2(MeCN)4](BF4)2, (M Mo, 4; W, 5), vis-à-vis olefins and strained ring compounds was studied. A number of these species were observed to form a charge-transfer complex with tetra-p-anisylethylene. These compounds were also found to catalyze the skeletal rearrangement and polymerization of appropriately substituted olefins and cyclopropanes. These reactions appear to be initiated by the electrophilic (heterolytic) cleavage of either the π-bond of the olefin or a strained CC σ-bond of the small ring compound.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Materials Chemistry