Reaction of [(ML2Cl)2] with Tl[9-SMe2-nido-7.8-C2B9H10] affords the new compounds [3,3-L2-4-SMe2-closo-3,1,2-MC2B 9H10]. Compounds 1 (M = Rh, L = CO), 2 (M = Rh, L2 = η2,η2-1,5-C8H12) and 3 (M = Pd, L2 = η2, σ-5OMe-C8H12) were characterised by microanalysis, multinuclear NMR spectroscopy and, in the case of 1 and 2, single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies. The experimentally determined conformations of the ML2 fragments relative to the carbaborane ligands in 1 and 2 are in broad agreement with those predicted by analysis of the results of extended Hückel molecular orbital (EHMO) calculations on model compounds, especially in the case of 2. Reaction of 3 with HBF4 in diethyl ether affords the cationic heteroborane [3-(η2,η2-1,5-C8H 12)-4-SMe2-closo-3,1,2-PdC2B9H 10]+ 4+. Crystallographic study of 4+BF4- reveals a molecular conformation substantially influenced by H ⋯ F inter-ion contacts. Comparative EHMO calculations on 2 and 4+ imply that the majority of the additional positive charge in the latter is not localised on the pendant sulfur atom alone, but rather is delocalised over the 12 cluster vertices and the atoms directly bonded to them.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of the Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions|
|Publication status||Published - 7 Jul 1993|
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