Synthesis and characterization of the cycloheptatrienyl tantalum "mixed-sandwich" compounds (C5R5)Ta(C 7H7)

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The molecule (cycloheptatrienyl)(cyclopentadienyl)tantalum, (C 5H5)Ta(C7H7) (1), and its methylcyclopentadienyl and pentamethylcyclopentadienyl analogues (C 5H4Me)Ta(C7H7) (2), and (C5Me 5)Ta(C7H7) (3) have been synthesized by magnesium reduction of the corresponding (C5R5)TaCl 4 species in the presence of cycloheptatriene. The crystal structures of 2 and 3 show that the two rings are planar and essentially parallel to each other. Interestingly, the Ta-C distances to the C7H7 ring are significantly shorter (by about 0.1 Å) than those to the cyclopentadienyl ring; the difference reflects stronger bonding to the C 7H7 ring. A comparison with the structures of other (C5R5)M(C7H7) shows that the M-C distances to the seven-membered ring are especially sensitive to the d-orbital energies of the metal center and its ability to engage in δ bonding with the ring. For 1-3, the EPR spectra at room temperature consist of octets due to the tantalum nuclear spin. Both Aiso and giso increase as the number of methyl groups on the cyclopentadienyl ring increases. EPR spectra of 1-3 as frozen glasses correspond to axial symmetry, and the hyperfine couplings and g factors are deduced from simulations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)535-542
Number of pages8
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 21 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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