Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia

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The synthesis and the reactivity of arene ruthenium oxalato complexes

Cheikh Mbacké Ndiaye, Bamba Déthiélaw Dieng, Fatou Dieng Faye, Mohamed Gaye, Abdoulaye Samb


This article outlines the reactions of the well known [RuCl(η6-p-cymene)]2(μ-η4-C2O4) and [RuCl(η6-p-cymene)(η2-dppm)][PF6] ruthenium complexes with C2O4(Me4N)2 in the mol ratios 1:1 and 2:1. While the 2:1 ratio reaction led to the sole and expected binuclear product {[Ru(η6-p-cymene)(η2-dppm)]2(μ-η2-C2O4)}[PF6]2, the reaction also afforded the unexpected mononuclear complex [RuCl(η2-C2O4)(η6-p-cymene)][Me4N]. This can also be obtained in improved yield by reacting [RuCl2(p-cymene)]2 with C2O4[Me4N]2 in a 1:1 mol ratio. Surprisingly, when [RuCl(η6-p-cymene)]2(μ-η4-C2O4) was reacted with an equimolar amount of the ligand dppm, the expected complex {[Ru(η6-p-cymene)]2(μ-η4-C2O4)(μ-dppm)}[PF6]2 was accompanied by [RuCl(η6-p-cymene)(η2-dppm)][PF6] in an inseparable solid mixture.


KEY WORDS: Ruthenium, Arene, p-cymene, Mesitylene, Oxalate, bis-(Dipenylphosphino)methane



Bull. Chem. Soc. Ethiop. 2008, 22(2), 207-217.
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