|Gmelin Reference||3798, 562210|
|Jmol-3D images||Image 1|
|Molar mass||264.00 g mol−1|
|Appearance||Vivid, white, translucent crystals|
|Density||1.96 g cm-3|
150 °C, 423 K, 302 °F
156 °C, 429 K, 313 °F
|Dipole moment||0 D|
|Std enthalpy of
|-989.1 kJ mol-1|
|Std enthalpy of
|-2123.4 kJ mol-1|
|S-phrases||(S1/2), S36/37/39, S45|
|Related compounds||Chromium hexacarbonyl
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Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
Molybdenum hexacarbonyl (also called molybdenum carbonyl) is the chemical compound with the formula Mo(CO)6. This colorless solid, like its chromium and tungsten analogues, is noteworthy as a volatile, air-stable derivative of a metal in its zero oxidation state.
Structure and properties 
Mo(CO)6 adopts an octahedral geometry consisting of six rod-like CO ligands radiating from the central Mo atom. A recurring minor debate in some chemical circles concerns the definition of an "organometallic" compound. Usually, organometallic indicates the presence of a metal directly bonded via a M-C bond to an organic fragment, which must in turn have a C-H bond. By this strict definition, Mo(CO)6 is not organometallic.
Mo(CO)6 is prepared by the reduction of molybdenum chlorides or oxides under a pressure of carbon monoxide, although it would be unusual to prepare this inexpensive compound in the laboratory. The compound is somewhat air-stable and sparingly soluble in nonpolar organic solvents.
Applications in inorganic and organometallic synthesis 
Molybdenum hexacarbonyl is widely used in electron beam-induced deposition technique - it is easily vaporized and decomposed by the electron beam providing a convenient source of molybdenum atoms. Mo(CO)6 is also a popular reagent in organometallic synthesis because one or more CO ligands can be displaced by other donor ligands. For example, Mo(CO)6 reacts with 2,2'-bipyridine to afford Mo(CO)4(bipy). UV-photolysis of a THF solution of Mo(CO)6 gives Mo(CO)5(THF). Many metal carbonyls are similarly photo-activatable.
The thermal reaction of Mo(CO)6 with piperidine affords Mo(CO)4(piperidine)2. The two piperidine ligands in this yellow-colored compound are labile, which allows other ligands to be introduced under mild conditions. For instance, the reaction of [Mo(CO)4(piperidine)2] with triphenyl phosphine in boiling dichloromethane (b.p. ca. 40 °C) gives cis-[Mo(CO)4(PPh3)2]. This cis- complex isomerizes in toluene to trans-[Mo(CO)4(PPh3)2].
Upon refluxing in a solution of acetonitrile, Mo(CO)6 converts to its tris(acetonitrile) derivative. The resulting air-sensitive compound serves as a source of "Mo(CO)3". For instance treatment with allyl chloride gives [MoCl(allyl)(CO)2(MeCN)2], whereas treatment with KTp and sodium cyclopentadienide gives [MoTp(CO)3]- and [MoCp(CO)3]- anions respectively. These anions can be reacted with electrophiles to form a wide range of products.
Applications in organic synthesis 
Safety and handling 
Like all metal carbonyls, Mo(CO)6 is dangerous source of volatile metal as well as CO. It diffuses readily into plastic stoppers.
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Further reading 
- Marradi, M. (2005). "SYNLETT Spotlight 119 Molybdenum Hexacarbonyl [Mo(CO)6]" (pdf). SYNLETT 2005 (7): 1195–1196. doi:10.1055/s-2005-865206.
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- Feldmann, J.; Grümping, R.; Hirner, A. V. (1994). "Determination of Volatile Metal and Metalloid Compounds in Gases from Domestic Waste Deposits with GC/ICP-MS". Fresenius' Journal of Analytical Chemistry 350 (4–5): 228–234. doi:10.1007/BF00322474.