Richard A. Walton, Phillip E. Fanwick, Gregory S. Girolami, Carlos A. Murillo, Erik V. Johnstone

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In 1960, Wilkinson discovered that several carboxylic acids, HO2CR, react with molybdenum hexacarbonyl, Mo(CO)6, at elevated temperatures to form complexes of the type "Mo(O2CR)2". The true nature of these bright yellow molybdenum( II) complexes was established in 1964 with the publication by Lawton and Mason of the X-ray crystal structure of tetra(acetato)dimolybdenum. A vast body of experimental data has confirmed this proposal and Mo2(O2CCH3)4 has provided access to a large number of derivatives with aMo2 4+ core. This chapter describes the synthesis of molybdenum(II) acetate. It discusses the procedure and properties of tetra(acetato)dimolybdenum(II).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInorganic Syntheses
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781118744994
ISBN (Print)9781118744871
StatePublished - May 12 2014


  • Carboxylic acids
  • Molybdenum(II) complexes
  • Tetra(acetato)dimolybdenum(II)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)


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