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Ring-Opening Reaction of Phosphorus-Bridged [1]Ferrocenophane via Ring Slippage from η5- to η-Cp

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posted on 31.01.2003, 00:00 by Tsutomu Mizuta, Yuki Imamura, Katsuhiko Miyoshi
A reaction mechanism was investigated for a ring-opening reaction of RP(E)-bridged [1]ferrocenophane, where RP(E) = PhP(S) (3a), PhP (3b), and MesP (3c) (Mes = 2,4,6-trimethylphenyl). Irradiation of UV−vis light in the presence of an excess amount of P(OMe)3 transformed 3a to [Fe{PhP(S)(η5-C5H4)(η1-C5H4)}{P(OMe)3}2] (4a), in which one of the two cyclopentadienyl (Cp) rings of 3a changed its coordination mode from η5 to η1 and vacant coordination sites thus formed on the iron center were occupied by two P(OMe)3 ligands. The molecular structure of 4a was determined by X-ray analysis, in which η1-Cp adopted a 1-Fe-2-P-1,3-cyclopentadiene structure. Under the same reaction conditions, 3b and 3c also gave similar ring-slipped products 4b and 4c, respectively. Photolysis of 3a using more strongly coordinating PMe3 in place of P(OMe)3 led to complete dissociation of a Cp ligand from the iron center to form [Fe{PhP(S)(η5-C5H4)(C5H4)}(PMe3)3] (5). The formation of the ring-slipped and -dissociated products on the photolysis of 3 strongly supports the view that photolytic ring-opening polymerization of 3 proceeds via an unprecedented Fe−Cp bond cleavage mechanism.