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Synthesis of a trinuclear cation [H3Ru3(Fc-arene)(C6Me6)2(O)]+ containing a ferrocenyl group tethered to an arene ligand

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

In: Inorganica Chimica Acta, 2003, vol. 355, p. 335-339

Ferrocene carboxylic acid 2-cyclohexa-1,4-dienyl-ethyl ester (1) is prepared from ferrocene carboxylic acid and 2-cyclohexa-1,4-dienyl-ethanol. This diene reacts with RuCl3•nH2O in refluxing ethanol to afford quantitatively [Ru(Fc-arene)Cl2]2 (2) (Fc-arene=ferrocene carboxylic acid phenethyl ester). The dinuclear complex 2... More

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    Summary
    Ferrocene carboxylic acid 2-cyclohexa-1,4-dienyl-ethyl ester (1) is prepared from ferrocene carboxylic acid and 2-cyclohexa-1,4-dienyl-ethanol. This diene reacts with RuCl3nH2O in refluxing ethanol to afford quantitatively [Ru(Fc-arene)Cl2]2 (2) (Fc-arene=ferrocene carboxylic acid phenethyl ester). The dinuclear complex 2 reacts with triphenylphosphine to give the mononuclear complex [Ru(Fc-arene)(PPh3)Cl2] (3). The trinuclear arene-ruthenium cluster cation [H3Ru3 (Fc-arene)(C6Me6)2(O)]+ (4) is synthesised from the dinuclear precursor [H3Ru2 (C6Me6)2]+ and the mononuclear complex [Ru(Fc-arene)(H2O)3]2+, accessible from 2 in aqueous solution. The water-soluble trinuclear cluster cation 4 catalyses the hydrogenation of benzene to give cyclohexane under biphasic conditions.