Iron Complexes Containing the Tripodal Tetraphosphine Ligand P(CH2CH2PMe2)3

Leslie D. Field*, Barbara A. Messerle, Ronald J. Smernik, Trevor W. Hambley, Peter Turner

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The preparation and characterization of iron(II) complexes containing the tripodal tetraphosphine ligand tris [2(dimethylphosphino)ethyl]phosphine, P(CH2CH2PMe2)3 (PP3, 1), are reported. The complex FeCl2(PP3) (2) was formed by the reaction of PP3 with anhydrous iron(II) chloride. The complexes FeHCl(PP3) (3) and FeH2(PP3) (4) were formed by the reaction of 2 with lithium aluminum hydride. Likewise, the complexes FeMeCl(PP3) (5) and FeMe2(PP3) (6) were formed by the reaction of 2 with methyllithium or dimethylmagnesium. Reaction of 2 with CO afforded a mixture of isomeric carbonyl chloride complexes [Fe(CO)Cl(PP2)]+ (7 and 8). Reaction of 2 with PPh3 afforded [Fe(PPh3)Cl(PP3)]+ (9). The air-sensitive complexes 2-9 were characterized by multinuclear NMR spectroscopy, and 9 was characterized by X-ray crystallography. Crystals of 9 (BPh4 salt), C54H65BClFeP5, M 971.09, are monoclinic, space group P21/c, a = 13.246(3) Å, b = 30.314(2) Å, c= 14.338(2) Å,β= 100.92(2)°, Z = 4; R = 0.058.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2884-2892
Number of pages9
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


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