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|Title: ||Fine Tuning of Metallaborane Geometries: Chemistry of Metallaboranes of Early Transition Metals Derived from Metal Halides and Monoborane Reagents|
|Authors: ||BOSE, SK|
|Issue Date: ||2009|
|Publisher: ||WILEY-V C H VERLAG GMBH|
|Citation: ||CHEMISTRY-A EUROPEAN JOURNAL, 15(48), 13483-13490|
|Abstract: ||Reaction of [Cp(n)MCl(4-x)] (M=V: n=x=2; M=Nb: n=1, x=0) or [Cp*TaCl(4)] (CP=eta(5)-C(5)H(5), Cp*=eta(5)-C(5)Me(5)), with [LiBH(4)center dot thf] at -70 degrees C followed by thermolysis at 85 degrees C in the presence of [BH(3)center dot thf] yielded the hydrogen-rich metallaboranes [(CpM)(2)-(B(2)H(6))(2)] (1: M=V; 2: M=Nb) and [(Cp*Ta)(2)(B(2)H(6))(2)] (3) in modest to high yields. Complexes 1 and 3 are the first structurally characterized compounds with a metal-metal bond bridged by two hexahydroborate (B(2)H(6)) groups forming a symmetrical complex. Addition of [BH(3)center dot thf] to 3 results in formation of a metallaborane [(Cp*Ta)(2)B(4)H(8)(mu-BH(4))] (4) containing a tetrahydroborate ligand, [BH(4)](-), bound exo to the bicapped tetrahedral cage [(Cp*Ta)(2)B(4)H(8)] by two Ta-H-B bridge bonds. The interesting structural feature of 4 is the coordination of the bridging tetrahydroborate group, which has two B-H bonds coordinated to the tantalum atoms. All these new metallaboranes have been characterized by mass, (1)H, (11)B, and (13)C NMR spectroscopy and elemental analysis and the structural types were established unequivocally by crystallographic analysis of 1-4.|
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