Ligating properties of anionic Fischer-type carbene complexes, [(CO) 5MC(X)Y]-

Raubenheimer H.G. ; Cronje S. ; Strasser C.E. (2009)


With the simplest of anionic Fischer-type carbene complexes acting as ligands, Cp2Zr(Cl){OCMe}M(CO)5 compounds (M = Cr or W) promote α-olefin oligomerization and polymerization in the presence of MAO. Attaching an N-heterocyclic ring to the carbene carbon atom in similar precursors, allows a variety of hard metal ions and fragments to be captured by external bidentate coordination. The outcome of the attachment of a phosphorus or sulfur functionality to an α-carbon of an O-anionic carbene is formation of a bidentate ligand and then internal four-membered carbene-heteroatom chelate formation. α-Deprotonated carbene complexes are also precursors for remote, one-N, six-membered carbene complexes of various metals whereas α-C-, α-N- or α-O-deprotonated as well as β-deprotonated Fischer-type carbene complexes display unique synthon properties towards Ph3PAu+ and partake in unusual ensuing coordination of liberated group 6 metal carbonyl moieties to form dinuclear products. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2009.

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