Decker, C., Henderson, W. and Nicholson, B.K. (2004). Reactions of isonitriles with [Fe₃(CO)₁₂] and [Ru₃(CO)₁₂] monitored by electrospray mass spectrometry: structural characterisation of [Fe₃(CO)₁₀(CNPh)₂] and [Ru₄(CO)₁₁(μ₃-η²-CNPh)₂(CNPh)]. Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, 689, 1691-1701.
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The reactions of [Fe₃(CO)₁₂] or [Ru₃(CO) ₁₂] with RNC (R=Ph, C₆H₄OMe-p or CH₂SO₂C₆H₄Me-p) have been investigated using electrospray mass spectrometry. Species arising from substitution of up to six ligands were detected for [Fe₃(CO)₁₂], but the higher-substituted compounds were too unstable to be isolated. The crystal structure of [Fe₃(CO)₁₀(CNPh)₂] was determined at 150 and 298 K to show that both isonitrile ligands were trans to each other on the same Fe atom. For [Ru₃(CO)₁₂] substitution of up to three COs was found, together with the formation of higher-nuclearity clusters. [Ru₄(CO)₁₁(CNPh)₃] was structurally characterised and has a spiked-triangular Ru₄ core with two of the CNPh ligands coordinated in an unusual μ₃-η² mode. The substitution reactions of [M₃(CO)₁₂] by RNC have been investigated by electrospray mass spectrometry showing up to six COs can be replaced. [Fe₃(CO)₁₀(CNPh)₂] has both PhNC axially on the same Fe atom, and [Ru₄(CO)₁₁(μ₃-η²-CNPh)₂(CNPh)] has a spiked-triangular cluster core with two PhNC ligands in an unusual coordination mode.
This is an authors version of an article published in the, Journal of Organometallic Chemistry, (c) 2004 Elsevier Science B.V.