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Molar mass 78.11 g·mol−1
-42.9·10−6 cm3/mol
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Fulvene is one of several hydrocarbons with the same formula as benzene, C6H6. The fulvenes are the class of molecules based on this simple hydrocarbon skeleton;[2] the parent chemical, fulvene itself, is rarely encountered.[3] Thiele is credited with discovering the scope of the reaction between cyclopentadiene and aldehydes and ketones that yields the brightly coloured fulvene derivatives.[4] Most fulvenes are still prepared by this route, starting from cyclopentadiene or its sodium cyclopentadienyl anionic form.[5] Modern synthesis of fulvenes now employ protic solvents and catalytic amounts of amines which result in much higher yields.[6]

Ligand in organometallic chemistry[edit]

2,3,4,5-Tetramethylfulvene, abbreviated Me4Fv, is a relatively common ligand in organometallic chemistry. It typically results from the deprotonation of cationic pentamethylcyclopentadienyl complexes.[7] Some Me4Fv complexes are called tuck-in complexes.

η4- and η6-fulvene complexes

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Nomenclature of Organic Chemistry : IUPAC Recommendations and Preferred Names 2013 (Blue Book). Cambridge: The Royal Society of Chemistry. 2014. p. 379. doi:10.1039/9781849733069-FP001. ISBN 978-0-85404-182-4. 
  2. ^ IUPAC, Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book") (1997). Online corrected version:  (2006–) "Fulvenes".
  3. ^ Bergmann, E. D. (1968). "Fulvenes and Substituted Fulvenes". Chemical Reviews. 68: 41–84. doi:10.1021/cr60251a002. 
  4. ^ Thiele, J. (1900). "Ueber Ketonreactionen bei dem Cyclopentadiën". Chemische Berichte. 33: 666–673. doi:10.1002/cber.190003301113. 
  5. ^ Hafner, K.; Vöpel, K. H.; Ploss, G.; König, C. (1973). "6-(Dimethylamino)fulvene" (PDF). Organic Syntheses Coll. Vol. 5: 431. 
  6. ^ Coşkun, Necdet; Erden, Ihsan (2011-11-11). "An efficient catalytic method for fulvene synthesis". Tetrahedron. 67 (45): 8607–8614. doi:10.1016/j.tet.2011.09.036. ISSN 0040-4020. PMC 3196336Freely accessible. PMID 22021940. 
  7. ^ Kreindlin, A. Z.; Rybinskaya, M. A. (2004). "Cationic and Neutral Transition Metal Complexes with a Tetramethylfulvene or Trimethylallyldiene Ligand". Russian Chemical Reviews. 73 (5): 417–432. doi:10.1070/RC2004v073n05ABEH000842.