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New Main-Group-Element-Rich nido-Octahedral Cluster System: Synthesis and Characterization of [Et4N][Fe2(CO)63‑As){μ3‑EFe(CO)4}2]

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posted on 16.06.2016, 12:19 by Desmond E. Schipper, Djamila Ikhlef, Samila Khalal, Jean-Yves Saillard, Kenton H. Whitmire
A series of clusters of the form [Et4N]­[Fe2­(CO)6­(μ3-As)}­(μ3-EFe­(CO)4)], where E is either P or As, were synthesized from [Et4N]2­[HAs­{Fe­(CO)4}3] and ECl3. AsCl3 gives the As-only compound; PCl3 produces compounds having two As atoms with one P atom, or one As atom and two P atoms, and they can exist as two possible isomers, one of which is chiral. The As2P and AsP2 clusters cocrystallize, and their structure as determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction is given along with the structure of the As-only cluster. Analytical data as well as density functional theory calculations support the formation and geometries of the new molecules.