Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1991, 56, 1618-1635

Selective dismantling of closo-1,2-C2B10H12 to lower-cage dicarbaborane systems

Jaromír Plešeka, Bohumil Štíbrb, Xavier L. R. Fontaineb, John D. Kennedyb, Stanislav Heřmáneka and Tomáš Jelíneka

a Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, 250 68 Řež near Prague, Czechoslovakia
b School Of Chemistry, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, England


A modified, high-yield synthesis of the two isomeric nido twelve-vertex [C2B10H13]- anions, "reactive" [nido-7,9-C2B10H13]- and "unreactive" [nido-7,12-C2B10H13]-, has been developed. A solution structure for the reactive [nido-7,9-C2H10B13]- isomer is proposed on the basis of the result of two-dimensional 11B and 1H correlation NMR spectroscopy. It is concluded that there is a marked similarity between this species and the eleven-vertex congener [nido-7,8-C2B9H12]-. In accord with this parallel, the "reactive" twelve-vertex species is found to undergo selective boron-vertex elimination reactions in the presence of oxidizing agents. These reactions give excellent yields of smaller-cage nido dicarbaborane compounds, namely [nido-7,8-C2B9H12]-, [9-(SMe2)-nido-7,8-C2B9H11], and nido-5,6-C2B8H12. NMR spectroscopy assigns cluster 11B and 1H resonances for all the compounds isolated, and thence permits comparison with the equivalent shielding patterns of structurally related analogues such as [nido-7-CB10H13]- and [nido-7,9-C2B9H12]-.