Metalation of Bis(meta-carborane)

Rebekah J. Jeans, Antony P. Y. Chan, Ashton H. Murrell, Heather A. Chouman, Georgina M. Rosair, Alan J. Welch*

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The first metallacarborane derivatives of 1,1′-bis(meta-carborane), specifically [1-(1′-closo-1′,7′-C2B10H11)-2-(p-cymene)-closo-2,1,7-RuC2B9H10] (2), [1-(1′-closo-1′,7′-C2B10H11)-2-(p-cymene)-6-OEt-closo-2,1,7-RuC2B9H9] (3), [1-(1′-closo-1′,7′-C2B10H11)-2-(C6Me6)-closo-2,1,7-RuC2B9H10] (4), [1-(1′-closo-1′,7′-C2B10H11)-2-(C6Me6)-6-OEt-closo-2,1,7-RuC2B9H9] (5), [1-(1′-closo-1′,7′-C2B10H11)-2-Cp-closo-2,1,7-CoC2B9H10] (6) and [1-(1′-closo-1′,7′-C2B10H11)-2-Cp*-closo-2,1,7-CoC2B9H10] (7), have been prepared by deboronation of one cage and subrogation of the {BH} fragment removed by an isolobal {Ru(arene)}, {CoCp} or {CoCp*} fragment. In the case of the {Ru(arene)} species, attack on the products 2 and 4 by EtO resulted in derivatives 3 and 5, respectively, in which an OEt group is attached to B6 of the metallacarborane cage. All products were characterised by multinuclear NMR spectroscopy and single-crystal X-ray diffraction. All are of the form the 2,1,7-MC2B9-1′,7′-C2B10, and even though the structural studies reveal clear evidence of steric crowding between the arene or Cp/Cp* ligand on the metal and the pendant carborane cage, no isomerisation of the metallacarborane to either 2,1,8-MC2B9 or 2,1,12-MC2B9 occurs, even on heating to reflux in toluene.

Original languageEnglish
Article number121980
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Early online date13 Jul 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2021


  • Cobalt
  • Crystal structure
  • Metallacarborane
  • NMR spectroscopy
  • Ruthenium
  • Synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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