Manganese tricarbonyl transfer (MTT) reagents in the construction of novel organometallic systems

Moonhyun Oh, Jeffrey A. Reingold, Gene B. Carpenter, Dwight A. Sweigart

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Naphthalene and related conjugated polycyclic arenes readily coordinate through one carbocyclic ring to Mn(CO)3+. The resulting complexes, e.g., (η6-naphthalene)Mn(CO)3+, function as very effective manganese tricarbonyl transfer (MTT) reagents, largely because of facile η6→η4 ring slippage. The MTT complexes can be used to synthesize a range of novel organometallic systems, including metal-carbonyl-capped metallocenes, and homo- and heteronuclear bimetallic naphthalene complexes. They are also the basis for the complexation and activation of benzothiophenes to desulfurization and of hydroquinones to deprotonation and self-assembly into supramolecular quinonoid coordination networks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)561-569
Number of pages9
JournalCoordination Chemistry Reviews
Issue number7-8
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Apr

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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