Transition metal carbyne complex

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Transition metal carbyne complexes are organometallic compounds with a triple bond between carbon and the transition metal. This triple bond consists of a σ-bond and two π-bonds.[1] The HOMO of the carbyne ligand interacts with the LUMO of the metal to create the σ-bond. The two π-bonds are formed when the two HOMO orbitals of the metal back-donate to the LUMO of the carbyne. They are also called metal alkylidynes—the carbon is a carbyne ligand. Such compounds are useful in organic synthesis of alkynes and nitriles. They have been the focus on much fundamental research.[2]

Synthesis[edit]

Transition metal carbyne complexes are most common for the early transition metals, especially niobium, tantalum, molybdenum, tungsten, and rhenium. They can also have low-valence metals as well as high-valence metals.

Protonation of a Re(I) vinylidene complex to give the corresponding cationic Re(V) carbyne derivative.

The first example of a metal carbyne complex was prepared by the Fischer school by treatment of Cr(CO)5(C(OMe)Ph) with boron trichloride:

Cr(CO)5(C(OMe)Ph) + BCl3 → ClCr(CO)4(CPh) + CO + BCl2(OMe)

Many high-valent carbyne complexes have since been prepared, often by dehydrohalogenation of carbene complexes. Alternatively, amino-substituted carbyne ligands sometimes form upon protonation of electron-rich isonitrile complexes. Similarly, O-protonation of μ3-CO ligands in clusters gives hydroxycarbyne complexes. Vinyl ligands have been shown to rearrange into carbyne ligands. Addition of electrophiles to vinylidene ligands also affords carbyne complexes.[2]

Bridging alkylidyne ligands in cluster compounds[edit]

Some metal carbynes dimerize to give dimetallacyclobutadienes. In these complexes, the carbyne ligand serves as a bridging ligand.

Many cluster-bound carbyne complexes are known, typically with CO ligands. These compounds do not feature MC triple bonds; instead the carbyne carbon is tetrahedral. Some of the best known are the tricobalt derivatives, which are prepared by treating cobalt carbonyl with haloforms:[3]

2 HCBr3 + 92 Co2(CO)8 → 2 HCCo3(CO)9 + 18 CO + 3 CoBr2

Structure[edit]

Example of a Fischer and a Schrock carbyne

Monomeric metal carbyne complexes exhibit fairly linear M–C–R linkages according to X-ray crystallography. The M–C distances are typically shorter than the M–C bonds found in metal carbenes. The bond angle is generally between 170° and 180°[4] Analogous to Fischer and Schrock carbenes; Fischer and Schrock carbynes are also known. Fischer carbynes usually have lower-valence metals and the ligands are π-accepting ligands. Schrock carbynes on the other hand typically have high-valence metals and electron-donating ligands. In a Fischer carbyne the C-carbyne exhibits electrophilic behavior while Schrock carbynes display nucleophilic reactivity[5] Carbyne complexes have also been characterized by many methods including infrared Spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy.[6] This these techniques you can determine a lot of useful information like bond lengths, bond angles and structures.

The first Fischer carbyne was isolated in 1973.[7] and the first Schrock carbyne was reported in 1978, 5 years later.[8]

Metal carbyne complexes also exhibit a large trans effect. The ligand opposite the carbyne is typically labile.

Reactions and applications[edit]

An example of a transition metal carbyne complex reacting with a nucleophile at the C-carbyne

Metal alkylidyne complexes have mainly been used for specialized reactions in the laboratory, the main used being alkyne metathesis. Triply-bridging carbynes are sometimes prepared by the condensation of terminal carbyne complexes with other metals. Transition metal carbyne complexes usually react with Lewis acids at the C-carbyne. This reaction generally causes them to become transition metal carbene complexes. Depending on the charge of the carbyne complex depends on how well the complex will react with a nucleophile. A cationic carbyne complex will react with a nucleophile right at the C-carbyne, while a nucleophile will not react with the C-carbyne of a transition metal carbyne complex but instead it would react with the metal. This is due to the LUMO of the complexes caused by the electron orbitals of the metal and C-carbyne. Also, the higher the energy of the d-orbitals belonging to an electron-rich metal center the higher the energy of the metal–carbon π-bonds.[9] This improves the conditions for coupling.

An example of a transition metal carbyne complex reacting with an electrophile

Transition metal carbyne complexes can also react with electrophiles. The electrophile reacts with the C-carbyne to form a transition metal carbene complex.

Photooxidation of a transition metal carbyne complex

These complexes can also undergo photochemical reactions. This means that the transition metal carbyne complexes react with light. One example of a photochemical reaction of a carbyne complex is the formation of a cyclopropenyl complex by an addition of an alkyne. This is also known as photooxidation. Generally when a transition metal carbyne complex undergoes photooxidation a new organic ring structure is formed.

There are other photochemical reactions with carbyne complexes as well. Some of these include coupling of the carbyne ligand to a carbonyl, protonation of the carbyne carbon and conversion of the carbyne ligand into a π-allyl.[10]

References[edit]

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  8. ^ McLain, S. J.; Wood, C. D.; Messerle, L. W.; Schrock, R. R.; Hollander, F. J.; Youngs, W. J.; Churchill, M. R. (1978). "Multiple metal–carbon bonds. 10. Thermally stable tantalum alkylidyne complexes and the crystal structure of Ta(η5-C5Me5)(CPh)(PMe3)2Cl". J. Am. Chem. Soc. 100 (18): 5962–5964. doi:10.1021/ja00486a069. 
  9. ^ Mayr, A.; Bastos, C. M. (1992). "Coupling Reactions of Terminal Two-Faced π Ligands and Related Cleavage Reactions". Prog. Inorg. Chem. 40: 1–98. doi:10.1002/9780470166413.ch1. 
  10. ^ Kingsbury, K. B.; Carter, J. D.; McElwee-White, L. (1990). "Formation of cyclopentenone upon photo-oxidation of the cyclopropyl (c-C3H5) carbyne complex [(η5-C5H5){P(OMe)3}(CO)W≡C(c-C3H5)]". J. Chem. Soc., Chem. Commun. 1990: 624–625. doi:10.1039/C39900000624.