Tellurium-bridged manganese carbonyl clusters: Synthesis and structural transformations of [Te4Mn3(CO)10]-, [Te2Mn3(CO)9]2-, [Te2Mn3(CO)9]-, and [Te2Mn4(CO)12]2-

Minghuey Shieh*, Horng Sun Chen, Huey Yea Yang, Shu Fen Lin, Chuen Her Ueng

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The reactions of appropriate ratios of K2TeO3 and [Mn2(CO)10] in superheated methanol solutions lead to a series of novel cluster anions [Te4Mn3(CO)10]- (1), [Te2Mn3(CO)9]2- (2), [Te2Mn3(CO)9]- (3), and [Te2Mn4- (CO)12]2- (4). When cluster 1 is treated with [Mn2(CO)10]/KOH in methanol, paramagnetic cluster 2 is formed in moderate yield. Cluster 2 is oxidized by [Cu(MeCN)4]BF4 to give the closo-cluster [Te2Mn3(CO)9]- (3), while treatment of 2 with [Mn2(CO)10]/KOH affords the closo-cluster 4. IR spectroscopy showed that cluster 1 reacted with [Mn2(CO)10] to give cluster 4 via cluster 2. Clusters 1-4 were structurally characterized by spectroscopic methods or/and X-ray analyses. The core structure of 1 can be described as two [Mn(CO)3] groups doubly bridged by two Te2 fragments in a μ22 fashion. Both [Mn(CO)3] groups are further coordinated to one [Mn(CO)4] moiety. Cluster 2 is a 49 e- species with a square-pyramidal core geometry. While cluster 3 displays a trigonal-bipyramidal metal core, cluster 4 possesses an octahedral core geometry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3152-3158
Number of pages7
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Jul 16


  • Bridging ligands
  • Carbonyl ligands
  • Cluster compounds
  • Manganese
  • Tellurium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry


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