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Host–guest properties of the trinuclear arene–ruthenium cluster cation [H3Ru3(C6H6)(C6Me6)2(O)]+

Therrien, Bruno ; Vieille-Petit, Ludovic ; Süss-Fink, Georg

In: Inorganica Chimica Acta, 2004, vol. 367, no. 11, p. 3289-3294

The trinuclear arene–ruthenium cluster cation [H3Ru3(C6H6)(C6Me6)2(O)]+, containing a μ3-oxo cap and three arene ligands that span a hydrophobic pocket above the metal skeleton, has been crystallised as tetrafluoroborate salt in the presence of various guest molecules. The host–guest complexes... Plus

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    Summary
    The trinuclear arene–ruthenium cluster cation [H3Ru3(C6H6)(C6Me6)2(O)]+, containing a μ3-oxo cap and three arene ligands that span a hydrophobic pocket above the metal skeleton, has been crystallised as tetrafluoroborate salt in the presence of various guest molecules. The host–guest complexes have been characterised by single-crystal X-ray structure analysis. With chloroform as the guest molecule, a CHCl3 molecule sits perfectly in the hydrophobic pocket, the hydrogen atom being encapsulated inside the cavity. When dioxane is added during the crystallisation process, the cluster forms infinite chains which are connected by a complex network of hydrogen bonds involving the μ3-oxo ligand, water and dioxane molecules. Interestingly, in the presence of phenol, a water molecule is hydrogen-bonded between the μ3-oxo ligand and the phenol molecule, forming a one-dimensional μ3-O … H2O … HO hydrogen-bonded chain. Finally, with benzoic acid, a head-to-tail host–guest chain is obtained, the phenyl ring being incorporated in the hydrophobic pocket, while the acid group is hydrogen-bonded to the μ3-oxo ligand.