|Molar mass||943.95 g mol−1|
|Appearance||pale yellow solid|
|Solubility in water||insoluble|
|Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C (77 °F), 100 kPa)|
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Dicarbonyltris(triphenylphosphine)ruthenium(0) or Roper's complex is a ruthenium metal carbonyl. In it, two carbon monoxide ligands and three triphenylphosphine ligands are coordinated to a central ruthenium(0) center.
In solution, this compound readily dissociates one of the three phosphine ligands, thereby generating a reactive 16-electron complex that binds or oxidatively adds a variety of substrates such as alkynes, olefins, dihydrogen, and dioxygen. The compound has a trigonal bipyramidal molecular geometry and, in solution, exists as a mixture of two isomers that rapidly interconvert. The complex is air stable as a solid, but its solutions oxygenate in air to afford Ru(CO)2(PPh3)2(η2-O2).
The compound can be prepared by magnesium reduction of the corresponding ruthenium(II) dichloride complex in the presence of an excess of phosphine. The 16-electron intermediate can actually be isolated.
- Ru(CO)2Cl2(PPh3)2 + Mg + PPh3 → Ru(CO)2(PPh3)3 + MgCl2
- Ru(CO)3Cl2(thf) + 3 PPh3 + 4 [NEt4]OH → Ru(CO)2(PPh3)2 + [NEt4]2[CO3] + 2 [NEt4]Cl + 2H2O + thf
- Ru(CO)3Cl2(thf) + [NEt4]OH → [NEt4][Ru(CO)2(COOH)Cl2(thf)]
Next solvated tetrahydrofuran is replaced by phosphine:
- [NEt4][Ru(CO)2(COOH)Cl2(thf)] + PPh3 → [NEt4][Ru(CO)2(COOH)Cl2(PPh3)] + thf
- [NEt4][Ru(CO)2(COOH)Cl2(PPh3)] + [NEt4]OH → [NEt4]2[Ru(CO)2(COO)Cl2(PPh3)] + H2O
These three reactions mean that carbon monoxide has been oxidized to carbon dioxide with the concomitant reduction of Ru(II) to Ru(0). Finally, the two remaining chloride ligands are replaced by two more phosphine groups and the carbon dioxide leaves:
- [NEt4]2[Ru(CO)(COO)Cl2(PPh3)] + 2 PPh3 → Ru(CO)2(PPh3)3 + CO2 + 2 [NEt4]Cl
The generated carbon dioxide is trapped as [NEt4]2[CO3].
The complex was first reported by Warren R Roper and his coworkers in 1972 in an era where oxidative addition reactions to d8 metal complexes were first being systematically examined. Being zero-valent and carrying only two CO ligands, the complex is highly nucleophilic. Many of its reactions parallel those for Vaska's complex.
- B. E. Cavit, K. R. Grundy and W. R. Roper (1972). "Ru(CO)2(PPh3)3 and Os(CO)2(PPh3)3. An ethylene complex of ruthenium and a dioxygen complex of osmium". Journal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications (2): 60–61. doi:10.1039/C3972000060b.
- Stephane Sentets, Maria del Carmen Rodriguez Martinez, Laure Vendier, Bruno Donnadieu, Vincent Huc, Noël Lugan, and Guy Lavigne (2005). "Instant "Base-Promoted" Generation of Roper's-type Ru(0) Complexes Ru(CO)2(PR3)3 from a Simple Carbonylchlororuthenium(II) Precursor". J. Am. Chem. Soc. 127 (42): 14554–14555. doi:10.1021/ja055066e. PMID 16231891.