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Synthesis and chemistry of the open-cage cobaltaheteroborane cluster [\(η5-C5Me5)Co\2B2H2Se2]: a combined experimental and theoretical study

Abstract : Reaction of [(η5-C5Me5)CoCl]2 with a two-fold excess of [LiBH4·thf] followed by heating with an excess of Se powder produces the dicobaltaselenaborane species [\(η5-C5Me5)Co\2B2H2Se2], 1, in good yield. The geometry of 1 resembles a nido pentagonal [Co2B2Se2] bipyramid with a missing equatorial vertex. It can alternatively be seen as an open cage triple-decker cluster. Isolation of 1 permits its reaction with [Fe2(CO)9] to give heterometallic diselenametallaborane [\(η5-C5Me5)Co\Fe(CO)3B2H2Se2], 2. The geometry of 2 is similar to that of 1 with one of the [(η5-C5Me5)Co] groups replaced by the isolobal, two-electron fragment [Fe(CO)3]. Both new compounds have been characterized by mass spectrometry, and by 1H, 11B and 13C NMR spectroscopy. The structural architectures have been unequivocally established by crystallographic analysis. In addition, density functional theory calculations were performed to investigate the bonding and electronic properties. The large HOMO–LUMO gaps computed for both clusters are consistent with their thermodynamic stability. Natural bond order calculations predict the absence of metal–metal bonding interaction
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Subrat Kumar Barik, Vincent Dorcet, Thierry Roisnel, Jean-François Halet, Sundargopal Ghosh. Synthesis and chemistry of the open-cage cobaltaheteroborane cluster [\(η5-C5Me5)Co\2B2H2Se2]: a combined experimental and theoretical study. Dalton Transactions, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2015, 44 (32), pp.14403--14410. ⟨10.1039/C5DT01511A⟩. ⟨hal-01196566⟩

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