The structure of (dibenzylideneacetone)(pentamethylcyclopentadienyl)rhodium(I)

James A. Ibers*

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The structure of (dibenzylideneacetone)(pentamethylcyclopentadienyl)rhodium(I), Rh(C5Me5)(dba), (dba = PhCHCHCOCHCHPh, Ph = C6H5, Me = CH3), has been determined from three-dimensional X-ray data collected by counter methods. The structure has been refined by least-squares techniques to a final R index on F of 0.035 based on 2100 observations above background. The material crystallizes in the monoclinic space group C52hP21/a, with four molecules in a cell of dimensions a=14.348(12), b=14.063(13), c=11.393(10) », β=104.42(3)°. The observed and calculated densities are 1.35(3) and 1.41 g/cm3. The compound is monomeric. The Rh atom is bonded to the C5Me5 ring on one side and to the dba molecule through the two olefinic double bonds on the other. The C5 and Me5 portions of the C5Me5 ring are planar, but not coplanar as the Me group are bent away from the Rh atom by 0.10 » relative to the C5 plane. The dba molecule is in the s-cis,s-cis conformation with the two double bonds in a plane which is parallel to the planes of the C5Me5 ring. The rest of the dba molecule is nonplanar with the CO group pointing away from Rh. The olefinic double bonds have lengthened on coordination to 1.411(9) ». The H atoms on the terminal C atoms of the dba molecule are in very close contact, the refined H⋯H distance being 1.83(9) ». It is suggested that the strain imposed on the coordinated dba molecule by this interaction might contribute to its ease of dissociation from the complex in solution and hence account for the catalytic properties of the complex.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)389-400
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 9 1974

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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