Formation of ruthenaindenes by cyclometalation of ruthenium(II) diarylbutenyne complexes

Leslie D. Field, Alison M. Magill, Mohan M. Bhadbhade, Scott J. Dalgarno

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The reaction of diarylbutenynylruthenium complexes [Ru(?3- C(C=CC6H4R)=C(R')C6H4R)(PMe 3)4]+ (C6H4R = C 6H4-4-Bu, Ph, C6H4-4-Me; R' = H, Me) with dimethylmagnesium yields the cyclometalated ruthenaindene complexes [Ru(C(C=CC6H4R)=C(R)C6H3R)(PMe 3)4] with ruthenium incorporated into the five-membered ring of an indene. The reaction involves the initial formation of methylruthenium complexes, which then rearrange with the elimination of methane to yield the product. The complexes [Ru(C(C=CC6H4R)=C(R) C6H3R)(PMe3)4] (C6H 4R = C6H44-tBu, R' = H.; C 6H4R = Ph, R' = Me) were crystallographically characterized. © 2009 American Chemical Society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5514-5521
Number of pages8
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sept 2009


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