Room-temperature C - C bond cleavage of an arene by a metallacarborane

David Ellis, David McKay, Stuart A. Macgregor, Georgina M. Rosair, Alan J. Welch

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(Figure Presented) On the fly: Reduction of 1,1'-bis(o-car-borane) and subsequent reaction with a source of {Ru(p-cymene)}2+ fragments yields a fly-over bridge species resulting from room-temperature C - C bond cleavage of a p-cymene ligand. DFTcalculations suggest that the arene is sandwiched between two Ru atoms as part of a metallacarborane (see picture; C gray, B yellow, Ru red) and reduced by the second, pendant, carborane. © 2010 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, weinheim.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4943-4945
Number of pages3
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition
Issue number29
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2010


  • Boron
  • Metallaboranes
  • Redox chemistry
  • Ruthenium
  • X-ray diffraction


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