New synthetic approaches to triosmium decacarbonyl bisethoxide and the systematic design of linked triosmium clusters via bridging diols.

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College of Liberal Arts

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Bachelor in Arts


With the goal of developing systematic syntheses of linked triosmium carbonyl clusters, we report the substitution reactions of the dibridged cluster Os-b3-s(CO)10(µ-p2-s-OEt)-p2-s with the bifunctional ligand 1,5-pentanediol. Reaction of Os-b3-s(CO)-b10-s(µ-p2-s-OEt)-b2-s with 1,5-pentanediol affords the cluster Os-b3-s(CO)-b10-s(µ-p2-sO(CH-b2-s)-b5-sOH)-b2-s as the major product. Over extended reaction periods, quantitative conversion to the cluster H-b4-sOs-b4-s(CO)-b12-s is observed. Linking of two triosmium carbonyl clusters via the 1,5-pentanediol bridging ligands has been achieved in the reaction of Os-b3-s(CO)-b10-s(µ-p2-s-O(CH-b2-s)-b5-sOH)-b2-s with one molar equivalent of Os-b3-s(CO)-b10-s(µ-p2-s-OEt)-b2-s. A secondary product of this reaction has been characterized spectroscopically and is believed to be an intermediate in the formation of H-b4-sOs-b4-s(CO)-b12-s. A synthetic route to Os-b3-s(CO)-b10-s(µ-p2-s-OEt)-b2-s via di-halogenated cluster intermediate Os-b3-s(CO)-b12-sX-b2-s or Os-b3-s(CO)-b10-s(µ-p2-s-X)-b2-s (X = Cl, Br, I) is also reported.