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Carbene and Carbonyl Transfer from [W(CO)5(carbene)] to Palladium, Affording Palladium(II) Carbene Acyl Complexes

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posted on 2008-08-25, 00:00 authored by Isabel Meana, Ana C. Albéniz, Pablo Espinet
The reaction of [W(CO)5{C(NEt2)Ph}] (3) with [PdClR(SMe2)]2 (R = Me, Ph) occurs with transfer of carbene and carbonyl groups to give [PdCl{C(O)R}{C(NEt2)Ph}]2 (R = Me, 4; R = Ph, 5). When the reaction is monitored for R = Me, only [PdCl(COMe)(SMe2)]2 and the final carbene 4 are observed, suggesting that the transfer and insertion of the carbonyl group are faster than the carbene transmetalation. Although CO insertion into M−X bonds is thermodynamically excluded in many systems (e.g., in M−halogen and M−C6F5 bonds), this study warns of the fact that CO is easily available when [M(CO)5(carbene)] complexes are used as carbene sources, whether for stoichiometric or for catalytic reactions. This CO could react with the intermediates or the products in these reactions.