Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1997, 62, 1239-1253

Metallaborane Reaction Chemistry. Part 3. Reaction of Carbon Monoxide with [6-H-6-(PPh3)-6P,5C-μ-(2-Ph2PC6H4)-nido-6-IrB9H12] and the Isolation and Characterisation of Two arachno-6-Monoiridadecaboranes [6-(CO)-6-H-6,9-(PPh3)2-6P,5C-μ-(2-Ph2PC6H4)-arachno-6-IrB9H11] and sym-[6-(CO)-6-H-6,6-(PMe2Ph)2-9-(PPh3)-arachno-6-IrB9H11]

Jonathan Boulda,b,c, Paul Brintb, John D. Kennedya, Mark Thornton-Petta, Lawrence Bartonc and Nigam P. Rathc

a School of Chemistry of the University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, England
b Department of Chemistry of the University College, Cork, Eire
c Chemistry Department of the University of Missouri at St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri 63121, U.S.A.


[6-(CO)-6-H-6,9-(PPh3)2-6P,5C-μ-(2-Ph2PC6H4)-arachno-6-IrB9H11] (1) results from the reaction of [6-H-6-(PPh3)-6P,5C-μ-(2-Ph2PC6H4)-nido-6-IrB9H12] (2) with carbon monoxide in refluxing benzene. It is characterised by NMR spectroscopy and by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. Crystals were triclinic, space group P1, with a = 10.688(2), b = 13.114(3), c = 22.356(5) Å, α = 78.33(2), β = 89.482(10), γ = 70.884(12)°, and Z = 2. The compound is of the little-examined arachno ten-vertex metallaborane structural type. A second compound of this type, [6-(CO)-6-H-6,6-(PMe2Ph)2-9-(PPh3)-arachno-6-IrB9H11] (3), isolated from a reaction system involving [Ir(CO)Cl(PPh3)2], PMe2Ph and the [nido-B9H12]- anion, has also been characterised crystallographically. Crystals were triclinic, space group P1, with a = 10.389(1), b = 10.511(1), c = 19.699(3) Å, α = 75.03(1), β = 85.53(1), γ = 74.88(1)°, and Z = 2.

Keywords: Metallaborane; X-Ray studies; NMR; Cluster; Reaction chemistry of metallaboranes.