Electron Precise Group 5 Dimetallaheteroboranes [{CpV(μ-EPh)}2{μ-η2:η2-BH3E}] and [{CpNb(μ-EPh)}2{μ-η2:η2-B2H4E}] (E = S or Se)

Chowdhury, Monojit Ghosal ; Barik, Subrat Kumar ; Saha, Koushik ; Kirubakaran, Bakthavachalam ; Banerjee, Abhishek ; Ramkumar, Venkatachalam ; Ghosh, Sundargopal (2018) Electron Precise Group 5 Dimetallaheteroboranes [{CpV(μ-EPh)}2{μ-η2:η2-BH3E}] and [{CpNb(μ-EPh)}2{μ-η2:η2-B2H4E}] (E = S or Se) Inorganic Chemistry, 57 (3). pp. 985-994. ISSN 0020-1669

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Official URL: http://doi.org/10.1021/acs.inorgchem.7b02305

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Synthesis and structural elucidation of various electron precise group 5 dimetallaheteroboranes have been described. Room temperature reaction of [Cp2VCl2] with Li[BH3(EPh)], generated from the treatment of LiBH4·THF and Ph2E2 (E = S or Se), for 1 h in toluene, followed by thermolysis, led to the formation of bimetallic complexes [{CpV(μ-EPh)}2{μ-η2:η2-BH3E}], 1 and 2 (1: E = S and 2: E = Se), and [{CpV(μ-SePh)}2{μ-η2:η2-BH(OC4H8)Se}], 3. One of the striking features of these compounds is that they represent a rare class of distorted tetrahedral clusters having bridging hydrogens. Evaluating the skeletal electron pairs and bonding types, compounds 1, 2, and 3 may be considered as isoelectronic with our earlier reported [(CpV)2(B2H6)2]. In an attempt to synthesize the Nb analogues of 1–3, room temperature reactions of [CpNbCl4] and Li[BH3(EPh)] (E = S or Se) were carried out that afforded compounds [{CpNb(μ-EPh)}2{μ-η2:η2-B2H4E}], 4 and 5 (4: E = S and 5: E = Se). The solid-state X-ray structures of both 4 and 5 exemplify electronically saturated [M2B3] systems, and their geometries are analogous to that of [(Cp*MoCl)2B3H7]. For the extension of this work, reaction of [Cp*TaCl4] (Cp* = η5-C5Me5) with Li[BH3(SePh)] was carried out that yielded a tantalaselenaborane cluster [(Cp*Ta)2(μ-Se)B3H6Se(C6H5)] (6). All the new compounds have been characterized using 1H, 11B{1H}, 13C{1H} NMR, UV–vis absorption, and IR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and X-ray diffraction studies.

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