Insight into the mechanism of decarbonylation of methanol by ruthenium complexes; a deuterium labelling study

Patrizia Lorusso, Graham Eastham, David J. Cole-Hamilton

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Abstract

In the reaction of [RuHClP3] (P = PPh3) with NaOMe in methanol, the product is [RuH2(CO)P3]. Short reaction times show that the final product is formed through [RuH4P3] as the major intermediate. Using NaOCD3 in CD3OD, the first formed product is [RuH4P'3] (P' is PPh3 partially deuterated in the ortho positions of the aromatic rings). Further reaction leads to a mixture of [RuHnD2-n(CO)P3] (n = 0, 22 %; n = 1, 2 isomers each 28 %; n = 2, 22 %). Mechanistic aspects of both steps of the reaction are explored and, together with previously published calculations, they provide definitive mechanisms for both dehydrogenation and decarbonylation in these interesting systems.
Original languageEnglish
JournalDalton Transactions
VolumeIn press
Early online date15 Jun 2018
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15 Jun 2018

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