Symmetrical Bis(acetylido)ruthenium(II) Complexes

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

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Symmetrical, mononuclear bis(acetylido)ruthenium(II) complexes were prepared by the reaction of [trans-RuMe(2)(dmpe)(2)] [dmpe = 1,2-bis(dimethylphosphanyl)ethane] with terminal alkynes. The complexes were characterised by multinuclear NMR spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography. In some cases, the complexes catalyse the head-to-head dimerisation of terminal alkynes to yield organic butenynes. The regiochemistry of this dimerisation depends on the solvent used; methanol results in the isolation of (Z)-butenynes, whereas toluene gives predominantly (E) isomers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3503-3510
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011


  • Ruthenium
  • Phosphanes
  • Metathesis
  • Alkyne ligands
  • Dimerisation


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