The crystal and molecular structure of μ-methazo-bis( tricarbonyl iron), [CH3NFe(CO)3]2, has been determined by a singlecrystal X-ray analysis. This compound crystallizes in space group C2h2-P21/m of the monoclinic crystal system with two dimeric molecules in a unit cell of dimensions a = 7.326 (8) Å, b = 13.090 (14) Å, c = 6.913 (8) Å, and β = 96° 44′ (1′). Observed and calculated densities are 1.66 (2) and 1.70 g/cm3, respectively. Full-matrix anisotropic least-squares refinement of 659 independent counter data yielded a final conventional R factor of 2.8%. The dimeric [CH3NFe(CO)3]2 molecule contains two Fe(CO)3 groups related by a crystallographic mirror plane and doubly bridged through the nitrogen atoms of the H3C-N-N-CH3 ligand. The over-all molecular symmetry is approximately C2v-2mm. The two bridging nitrogen atoms are bonded to each other at a distance of 1.366 (8) Å, resulting in an acute N-Fe-N angle of 42.7 (2)°. Other molecular parameters which differ significantly from those of related nitrogen-bridged iron carbonyl derivatives include the Fe-Fe and mean Fe-N distances of 2.496 (3) and 1.878 (3) Å, respectively.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry