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Reactions of [(CO)3Mn(η5-Thi)]+ (Thi = Thiophene or 2,5-Dimethylthiophene) with Nucleophiles

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posted on 09.01.1996, 00:00 by Jiabi Chen, Victor G. Young,, Robert J. Angelici
The η5-thiophene complexes, [(CO)3Mn(η5-T)]+ (1) and [(CO)3Mn(η5-2,5-Me2T)]+ (2), react with LiCuR2 (R = Me or Ph) by adding R- to the sulfur atom of the thiophene, which gives the η4-thiophene complexes, (CO)3Mn(η4-T·R) and (CO)3Mn(η4-2,5-Me2T·R). An X-ray study of (CO)3Mn(η4-T·C6H5) (6) shows the η4-T·C6H5 ligand to be coordinated to the manganese through the four thiophene carbon atoms, while the sulfur bearing the phenyl group is bent away from the metal. The structure of 6 supports previous suggestions that the sulfur in η5-thiophene complexes is an electrophilic center. Reactions of 1 or 2 with RS-, CH3O-, or -CH(CO2CH3)2 nucleophiles result in the displacement of thiophene with the formation of [(CO)4Mn(μ-SR)]2 or Mn2(CO)10. The structure of [(CO)4Mn(μ-SC6H4CH3-p)]2 (9), established by X-ray studies, is also reported.