# Organometallics.

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Organometallics

Electron Counting in the D block

The 18 electron rule Just as organic chemists have their octet rule for organic compounds, so do organometallic chemists have the 18 electron rule. And just as the octet rule is often violated, so is the 18 electron rule. However, both serve a useful purpose in predicting reactivity. Each derives from a simple count of the number of electrons that may be accommodated by the available valence orbitals (one s and three p for organic chemists; organometallic chemists get five bonus d-orbitals in which to place their electrons).

What are d-electrons, anyway?
While we teach our students in freshman chemistry that the periodic table is filled in the order [Ar]4s23d10, this turns out to be true only for isolated metal atoms. When we put a metal ion into an electronic field (surround it with ligands), the d-orbitals drop in energy and fill first. Therefore, the organometallic chemist considers the transition metal valence electrons to all be d-electrons. There are certain cases where the 4s23dx order does occur, but we can neglect these in our first approximation. Therefore, when we ask for the d-electron count on a transition metal such as Ti in the zero oxidation state, we call it d4, not d2. For zero-valent metals, we see that the electron count simply corresponds to the column it occupies in the periodic table. Hence, Fe is in the eighth column and is d8 (not d6) and Re3+ is d4 (seventh column for Re, and then add 3 positive charges...or subtract three negative ones). Now that we can assign a d-electron count to a metal center, we are ready to determine the electronic contribution of the surrounding ligands and come up with our overall electron count.

Method 1: The ionic (charged) model
The basic premise of this method is that we remove all of the ligands from the metal and, if necessary, add the proper number of electrons to each ligand to bring it to a closed valence shell state. For example, if we remove ammonia from our metal complex, NH3 has a completed octet and acts as a neutral molecule. When it bonds to the metal center it does so through its lone pair (in a classic Lewis acid-base sense) and there is no need to change the oxidation state of the metal to balance charge. We call ammonia a neutral two-electron donor. In contrast, if we remove a methyl group from the metal and complete its octet, then we formally have CH3-. If we bond this methyl anion to the metal, the lone pair forms our metal-carbon bond and the methyl group acts as a two-electron donor ligand. Notice that to keep charge neutrality we must oxidize the metal by one electron (i.e. assign a positive charge to the metal). This, in turn, reduces the d-electron count of the metal center by one.

Method 2: The covalent (neutral) model
The major premise of this method is that we remove all of the ligands from the metal, but rather than take them to a closed shell state, we do whatever is necessary to make them neutral. Let's consider ammonia once again. When we remove it from the metal, it is a neutral molecule with one lone pair of electrons. Therefore, as with the ionic model, ammonia is a neutral two electron donor. But we diverge from the ionic model when we consider a ligand such as methyl. When we remove it from the metal and make the methyl fragment neutral, we have a neutral methyl radical. Both the metal and the methyl radical must donate one electron each to form our metal-ligand bond. Therefore, the methyl group is a one electron donor, not a two electron donor as it is under the ionic formalism. Where did the other electron "go"? It remains on the metal and is counted there. In the covalent method, metals retain their full complement of d electrons because we never change the oxidation state from zero; i.e. Fe will always count for 8 electrons regardless of the oxidation state and Ti will always count for four. Notice that this method does not give us any immediate information about the formal oxidation state of the metal, so we must go back and assign that in a separate step. For this reason, many chemists (particularly those that work with high oxidation state complexes) prefer the ionic method.

Link The two methods compared: some examples
The most critical point we should remember is that like oxidation state assignments, electron counting is a formalism and does not necessarily reflect the distribution of electrons in the molecule. However, these formalisms are very useful to us, and both will give us the same final answer. Consider the following simple examples. Notice how some ligands donate the same number of electrons no matter which formalism we choose, while the number of d-electrons and donation of the other ligands can differ. All we have to do is remember to be consistent and it will work out for us. Link

Commonly observed mechanistic steps in organometallic chemistry include:
Oxidative Addition Reductive Elimination Transmetallation Ligand Substitution Coordination Insertion b-Hydride Elimination

Oxidative Addition (Note that the metal has undergone a formal change in oxidation state of +2)

An Example of an Oxidative Addition with a Non-transition Metal is the Grignard Reaction (Magnesium is an alkaline earth metal).

The Grignard Reaction

The Grignard Reagent is Highly Useful Synthetically !
(as shown below, it reacts as a carbanion equivalent)

Please notice (from the table below) that magnesium is an electropositive metal, thus the C-Mg bond is highly polarized toward carbon. By contrast, most transition metals (e.g. Pd) have electronegativities closer to that of carbon, thus the C-Transition metal bonds are less polar (and the carbon less likely to mechanistically behave as a carbanion).

1) Oxidative Addition of Pd to C-X Notes: The oxidative addition step increases the oxidation state of the metal by 2. Therefore, it occurs most readily with electron rich metals and when the metal is in a relatively low oxidation state (e.g. Pd(0)). It cannot occur when the metal is already at its highest oxidation level. The reaction proceeds most readily when the carbon is sp2 hybridized (i.e. an aryl halide, or a vinyl halide).

Commonly used sources of Pd0 include:

Also, Pd(II) is very readily reduced to Pd(0):
Thus, it is often more convenient to use Pd(II) complexes, which are more air-stable than commercial Pd(0) complexes.

2) Reductive Elimination
Notes: This reaction is the reverse of oxidative addition Therefore, the formal oxidation state of the metal decreases by 2.

3) Transmetallation In the above reactions, notice that the C-Sn bond (top) and the C-Mg bond (bottom) have both been exchanged for a C-Pd bond.

Now we will put the three reactions together (oxidative addition, transmetallation, and reductive elimination) to produce some very widely utilized processes which employ palladium (as Pd(0)) as a catalyst.

Negishi Coupling

Mechanism of the Negishi Coupling

The Stille Coupling

The Suzuki Coupling

Mechanism of the Suzuki Coupling

Sonogashira Coupling

To understand the Heck Reaction, two new processes will be introduced:
The insertion reaction The b-hydride elimination

The insertion reaction

The b-hydride Elimination

The Heck Reaction

Reductive Elimination
(or deprotonation) Oxidative Addition b-Hydride Elimination Complexation Rotation Insertion

Notice that, although Pd(II) is most commonly used in a Heck Reaction, the active species (for the initial oxidative addition) is Pd(0), which is believed to be produced by the action of Et3N on the Pd(II).

Buchwald-Hartwig Coupling

Richard R. Schrock Olefin Metathesis Robert H. Grubbs Yves Chauvin

The Catalysts Schrock Catalyst Grubbs 1st Generation Catalyst
Grubbs 2nd Generation Catalyst Schrock Catalyst

Examples of Olefin Metathesis by Grubbs First Generation Catalyst

Examples of Olefin Metathesis by Grubbs Second Generation Catalyst

Examples of Olefin Metathesis by Schrock Catalyst

Ring Opening Metathesis
(and Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerization, ROMP)

The Wacker-Tsuji Oxidation

Notice that, in the Wacker Oxidation, the active catalyst is Pd(II), thus differentiating this process from all the other Pd catalyzed processes discussed in this presentation.

Allyl esters and Allyl ethers to protect carboxylic acids and alcohols, respectively

Overview

Hydrogenation

The catalyst most commonly used in hydrogenation is a finely divided form of Pd metal, deposited on a charcoal support. Unlike the catalysts used in the previous processes, this catalyst is not soluble, thus is called ‘heterogeneous’.

Lindlar’s Catalyst, a ‘poisoned’ form of palladium, can selectively hydrogenate triple bonds, generating double bonds selectively, with the Z-geometry Common catalyst poisons include quinoline and lead