2MT OrganometallicsOrganometallic compounds of the transition metals have unusual structures, and practical applications in organic synthesis and industrial catalysis.
3MT OrganometallicsOne of the earliest compounds, known as Zeise’s salt, was prepared in It contains an ethylene molecule π bonded to platinum (II).
4Zeise’s SaltThe bonding orbital of ethene donates electrons to the metal. The filled d orbitals (dxz or dyz) donate electrons to the antibonding orbital of ethene.
5Square Planar Complexes The complexes of platinum(II), palladium(II), rhodium(I) and iridium(I) usually have 4-coordinate square planar geometry. These complexes also typically contain 16 electrons, rather than 18.The stability of 16 electron complexes, especially with σ-donor π-acceptor ligands, can be understood by examining a MO diagram.
6Square Planar Complexes The electron pairs from the 4 ligands used in σ bonding occupy the bonding orbitals.
7Square Planar Complexes The dxy, dxz, dyz and dz2 orbitals are either weakly bonding, non-bonding, or weakly antibonding.
8Square Planar Complexes The dx2-y2 orbital is anti-bonding, and if filled, will weaken the σ bonds with the ligands.
9Square Planar Complexes As a result, 16 electrons will produce a stable complex.
10Catalysis of Square Planar Compounds Square planar complexes are often involved as catalysis for reactions. The four-coordinate complexes can undergo addition of organic molecules or hydrogen, and then be regenerated as the organic product is released from coordination to the catalyst.
11Catalysis – aldehyde formation Pd(II) undergoes addition of an alkene which is subsequently converted to an alcohol. Addition of a hydrogen atom to the metal with subsequent migration to the alcohol produces an aldehyde.
13Bonding of Hydrocarbons Hydrocarbons can bond to transition metals via σ bonds or π bonds. Wilkinson’s catalyst, [RhCl(PPh3)] is used to hydrogenate a wide variety of alkenes using pressures of H2 at 1 atm or less.During the hydrogenation, the alkene initially π bonds to the metal, and then accepts a hydrogen to σ bond with the metal.
15Hydrogen AdditionSquare planar complexes are known to react with hydrogen, undergoing addition, and breaking the H-H bond.
16Hydrogen AdditionThe hydrogen bonding orbital donates electron density into an empty p or d orbital on the metal.M
17Hydrogen AdditionThe loss of electron density in the bonding orbital weakens the H-H bond.M
18Hydrogen AdditionThe metal can donate electron density from a filled d orbital (dxz or dyz)to the antibonding orbital on hydrogen, thus weakening or breaking the H-H bond.
19The Template EffectA metal ion can be used to assemble a group of organic ligands which then undergo a condensation reaction to form a macrocyclic ligand. Nickel (II) is used in the scheme below.
20MT CarbonylsMetal carbonyl compounds were first synthesized in Although many compounds were produced, they couldn’t be fully characterized until the development of X-ray diffraction, and IR and NMR spectroscopy.
21MT CarbonylsMetal carbonyl compounds typically contain metals in the zero oxidation state. In general, these compounds obey the “18 electron rule.”Although there are exceptions, this rule can be used to predict the structure of metal carbonyl cluster compounds, which contain metal-metal bonds.
22The 18 Electron RuleMany transition metal carbonyl compounds obey the 18-electron rule. The reason for this can be readily seen from the molecular orbital diagram of Cr(CO)6. The σ donor and π acceptor nature of CO as a ligand results in an MO diagram with greatest stability at 18 electrons.
23The eg. orbitals are destabilizing to the complex The eg* orbitals are destabilizing to the complex. Since the 12 bonding orbitals are filled with electrons from the CO molecules, 6 electrons from the metal will produce a stable complex.
24MT CarbonylsThe CO stretching frequency is often used to determine the structure of these compounds. The carbon monoxide molecule can be terminal, or bridge between 2 or 3 metal atoms.The CO stretching frequency decreases with increased bonding to metals. As the π* orbital on CO receives electrons from the metal, the CO bond weakens and the ν decreases.
25MT CarbonylsAs the π* orbital on CO receives electrons from the metal, the CO bond weakens and the ν decreases.
30MT CarbonylsThe CO stretching frequency will also be affected by the charge of the metal.Compound ν (cm-1)[Fe(CO)6][Mn(CO)6)]Cr(CO)[V(CO)6][Ti(CO)6]
31MT CarbonylsThe IR spectra of transition metal carbonyl compounds are consistent with the predictions based on the symmetry of the molecule and group theory.The more symmetrical the structure, the fewer CO stretches are observed in the IR spectra.
32MT CarbonylsIf there is a center of symmetry, with CO ligands trans to each other, a symmetrical stretch will not involve a change in dipole moment, so it will be IR inactive. An asymmetric stretch will be seen in the IR spectrum. As a result, trans carbonyls give one peak in the IR spectrum.
33MT CarbonylsIf CO ligands are cis to each other, both the symmetric stretch and the asymmetric stretch will involve a change in dipole moment, and hence two peaks will be seen in the IR spectrum.
34MT CarbonylsMetal carbonyls with a center of symmetry typically show only 1 C-O stretch in their IR spectra, since the symmetric stretch doesn’t change the dipole moment of the compound. Combined with the Raman spectrum, the structure of these compounds can be determined.
36Nomenclature for Ligands The hapticity of the ligand is the number of atoms of the ligand which directly interact with the metal atom or ion. It is indicated using the greek letter η (eta) with the superscript indicating the number of atoms bonded.
37Cyclopentadienyl Compounds The ligand C5H5 can bond to metals via a σ bond (contributing 1 electron), or as a π bonding ligand. As a π bonding ligand, it can donate 3, or more commonly 5 electrons to the metal.
38Cyclopentadienyl Compounds W(η3-C5H5)(η5-C5H5)(CO)2 has two π bonded cyclopentadienyl rings. One donates 3 electrons, and the other donates 5.
39Counting ElectronsThere are two common methods for determining the number of electrons in an organometallic compound.One method views the cylcopentadienyl ring as C5H5-, a 6 electron donor. CO and halides such as Cl- are viewed as 2 electron donors. The oxidation state of the metal must be determined to complete the total electron count of the complex.
40Counting ElectronsThe other method treats all ligands as neutral in charge. η5-C5H5 is viewed as a 5 electron donor, Cl is viewed as a chlorine atom and a 1 electron donor, and CO is a 2 electron donor. The metal is viewed as having an oxidation state of zero in this method.
41Counting ElectronsIn either method, a metal-metal single bond is counted as one electron per metal. Metal-metal double bonds count as two electrons per metal, etc.
42FerroceneFe(η5-C5H5)2 , ferrocene, is known as a “sandwich” compound. In the solid at low temperature, the rings are staggered.The rotational barrier is very small, with free rotation of the rings.
43FerroceneThe cyclopentadienyl rings behave as an aromatic electron donor. They are viewed as C5H5- ions donating 6 electrons to the metal. The iron atom is considered to be Fe(II).
44Bonding of FerroceneGroup theory is used to simplify the analysis of the bonding. First, consider just a single C5H5 ring. Determine Τπ by considering only the pz orbitals which are perpendicular to the 5-membered ring.
45Bonding of FerroceneD5hE2C52C525C2σh2S52S535 σvΤπ
46Bonding of FerroceneD5hE2C52C525C2σh2S52S535 σvΤπ5
47Bonding of FerroceneD5hE2C52C525C2σh2S52S535 σvΤπ5
48Bonding of FerroceneD5hE2C52C525C2σh2S52S535 σvΤπ5
49Bonding of FerroceneD5hE2C52C525C2σh2S52S535 σvΤπ5-1
50Bonding of FerroceneD5hE2C52C525C2σh2S52S535 σvΤπ5-1-5
51Bonding of FerroceneD5hE2C52C525C2σh2S52S535 σvΤπ5-1-5
52Bonding of FerroceneD5hE2C52C525C2σh2S52S535 σvΤπ5-1-5
53Bonding of FerroceneD5hE2C52C525C2σh2S52S535 σvΤπ5-1-51
54Τπ reduces to: A′1, E′1 and E′2 Bonding of FerroceneD5hE2C52C525C2σh2S52S535 σvΤπ5-1-51Τπ reduces to: A′1, E′1 and E′2Group theory can be used to generate drawings of the π molecular orbitals.
55Bonding of Ferrocene Τπ reduces to: A′1, E′1 and E′2
56Bonding of FerroceneThe totally bonding orbital (A′1) has no nodes, and is lowest in energy.
57Bonding of FerroceneThe middle set of orbitals (E′1) are degenerate, with a single node. These orbitals are primarily bonding orbitals.
58Bonding of FerroceneThe upper set of orbitals (E′2) are degenerate, with two nodes. These orbitals are primarily anti-bonding orbitals.
59Bonding of FerroceneOnce the molecular orbitals of the cyclopentadienyl ring has been determined, two rings are combined, and matched with symmetry appropriate orbitals on iron.
60Bonding of FerroceneThe A′1 orbitals on the two cyclopentadienyl rings have the same symmetry as the dz2 orbital on iron.Since the metal orbital is located in the center of the C5H5 rings, this is essentially a non-bonding orbital.
61Bonding of FerroceneThe E′1 orbitals on the rings have the same symmetry as the dxz and dyz orbitals of the iron.
62Bonding of FerroceneThe E′2 orbitals on the rings have the same symmetry as the dxy and dx2-y2 orbitals of the iron.
63Bonding of FerroceneThese are the bonding orbitals of ferrocene. If the upper cyclopentadienyl ring is flipped over, a set of antibonding orbitals results.
64MO DiagramThe frontier orbitals are neither strongly bonding nor strongly antibonding. As a result, metallo-cene compounds often diverge from the 18 electron rule.
65MO DiagramIf the complex has more than 18 electrons, the e1u orbitals, which are slightly antibonding (the dxzand dyz), become occupied. This lengthens the M-C distance.
66Electron Count and Stability (η5-Cp)2M e- count M-C(pm) ΔHdissoc.*Fe kJ/molCoNi* ΔHdissoc refers to the complex dissociating to M2+ and 2C5H5-