The photochemical reaction of Ru(CO)3(L)2, where L = PPh3, PMe3, PCy3 and P(p-tolyl)3 with parahydrogen (p-H2) has been studied by in-situ NMR spectroscopy and shown to result in two competing processes. The first of these involves loss of CO and results in the formation of the cis-cis-trans-L isomer of Ru(CO)2(L)2(H)2, while in the second, a single photon induces loss of both CO and L and leads to the formation of cis-cis-cis Ru(CO)2(L)2(H)2 and Ru(CO)2(L) (solvent)(H)2 where solvent = toluene, THF and pyridine (py). In the case of L = PPh3, cis-cis-trans-L Ru(CO)2(L) 2(H)2 is shown to be an effective hydrogenation catalyst with rate limiting phosphine dissociation proceeding at a rate of 2.2 s -1 in pyridine at 355 K. Theoretical calculations and experimental observations show that H2 addition to the Ru(CO)2(L) 2 proceeds to form cis-cis-trans-L Ru(CO)2(L) 2(H)2 as the major product via addition over the π-accepting OC-Ru-CO axis.
|Number of pages||13|
|Early online date||16 Sep 2004|
|Publication status||Published - 7 Nov 2004|