Rhenium oxohalides: Synthesis and crystal structures of ReO 3Cl(THF)2, ReOCl4(THF), Re2O 3Cl6(THF)2, and Re2O 3Cl6(H2O)2

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Convenient methods to prepare solvated rhenium oxochlorides are described; these compounds should serve as useful starting materials for rhenium chemistry. Treatment of perrhenic acid, HReO4, with chlorotrimethylsilane or with thionyl chloride, followed by addition of tetrahydrofuran, forms the new oxochloride complexes ReO3Cl(THF)2 and ReOCl 4(THF), respectively. Small amounts of two dinuclear oxochlorides, which evidently resulted from adventitious hydrolysis, were also isolated: Re2O3Cl6L2, where L = THF or H 2O. All four compounds were characterized by X-ray crystallography. The rhenium(vii) complex ReO3Cl(THF)2 adopts a distorted octahedral geometry in which the three oxo ligands are in a facial arrangement; the rhenium(vi) complex ReOCl4(THF) adopts a trans octahedral structure. The two dinuclear rhenium(vi) compounds both have a single, nearly linear, bridging oxo group; on each Re center, the three terminal chlorides adopt a mer arrangement, and the terminal oxo and the coordinated Lewis base are mutually trans. The water ligand in the aqua complex is hydrogen bonded to nearby THF molecules. IR data are given.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)674-679
Number of pages6
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number6
StatePublished - Feb 12 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Inorganic Chemistry

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