Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
The reaction of [(C3Ph3)Ni(PPh3)2]ClO4 with P(CH2CH2PPh2)3(pp3) and NaBPh4 yields the [(C3Ph3)Ni(pp3)]BPh4-complex. After long exposure of the solution of this compound in acetone/butanol to the air a new derivative [(C3Ph3)-Ni(pp2po)]BPh4· 0.5 C4H9OH, where pp2po is (Ph2PCH2CH2)2P(CH2 CH2POPh2), is obtained. Complete X-ray analysis has been carried out for the latter complex: a=18.303 (5); b=29.445 (6), c=13.305 (5) Å, β=112.70 (9)°; space group monoclinic, P21/a, Z=4. Disorder problems were encountered in the refinement of the structure. The best R is 0.093. One of the arms of the parent pp3-molecule, not coordinated to the metal, undergoes oxidation. The Ni-atom, coordinated by the three remaining P-atoms of the ligand, is also linked in a roughly η3-mode to the cyclopropenium ligand. The geometry of the molecule is examined in detail. Extended HMO-calculations were performed to interpret how the variation of P—Ni—P angles affects the bonding between the NiP3- and C3H3-fragments. The conclusion is that the overall energy of the complex may be lowered in spite of a weakening of the Ni-cyclopropenium linkage. Extensions are made to other systems containing a linkage between a metal and a X3-ring (X=P,As).
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