The synthesis, reactivity, and characterization of [Rh(η4-((η5-C5H4)OCH2CH2P(C6H5)2)2Fe)]BF4 (1) is reported. Compound 1 is the first example of a crystallographically characterized Rh(I) complex with a ligand array comprised exclusively of phosphine–ether moieties. The labile ethers in 1 render it susceptible to a variety of ligand substitution reactions and make it an olefin hydrogenation catalyst even in weakly coordinating solvents.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry