Synthesis of Strained Ferrocenylorganocyclophosphazenes: X-ray Crystal Structures of N3P3(OCH2CF3)4(η-C5H4)2Fe, N3P3(OPh)4(η-C5H4)2Fe, and N3P3Ph2(OCH2CF3)2(η-C5H4)2Fe

Harry R. Allcock, Jeffrey A. Dodge, Ian Manners, Masood Parvez, Geoffrey H. Riding, Karyn B. Visscher

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A series of transannular ferrocenylcyclotriphosphazenes were synthesized for studies of the relationship between molecular structure and polymerization behavior. Species N3P3(OCH2CF3)4(η-C6H4)2Fe and N3P3(OPh)4(η-C6H4)2Fe were synthesized by the reaction of N3P3F4(η-C5H4)2Fe with NaOCH2CF3 and NaOPh, respectively. Cyclic trimers N3P3R(OCH2CF3)3(η-C5H4)2Fe [R = OPh, R = Me, R = Ph (gem to Cp) and R = Ph (non-gem to Cp)] were prepared by reactions of the appropriate fluoroferrocenylphosphazene precursors [N3P3(OPh)F3(η -C5H4)2Fe, N3P3MeF3(η-C5H4)2Fe, N3P3PhF3(η-C5H4)2Fe, and N3P3PhF3(η-C6H4)2Fe] with NaOCH2CF3. The synthesis of N3P3Ph2(OCH2CF3)2(η-C5H4)2Fe, (Ph groups non-gem to Cp) was achieved via the reaction of gem-N3P3F4Ph2 with dilithioferrocene to give N3P3Ph2F2(η-C5H4)2Fe, followed by treatment with NaOCH2CF3. Treatment of N3P3Ph2F2(η-C5H4)2Fe with NaOCH2CF3 yielded N3P3Ph2(OCH2CF3)2(η-C5H4)2Fe (Ph groups gem to Cp). A 1-equiv amount of NaOPh reacts with N3P3F4(η-C5H4)2Fe to form a mixture of cis- and trans-N3P3(OPh)F3(η-C5H4)2Fe. The molecular structures of N3P3(OCH2CF3)4(η-C5H4)2Fe, N3P3(OPh)4(η-C5H4)2Fe, and N3P3Ph2(OCH2CF3)2(η-C5H4)2Fe were de termined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. All were found to possess nonplanar, strained cyclotriphosphazene rings. Crystals of N3P3(OCH2CF3)4(η-C5H4)2Fe are monoclinic with space group P21/C, with α = 9.529 (5) Å, b = 14.515 (2) Å, c = 19.012 Å, β = 97.94 (2)°, V = 2605.8 Å3, and Z = 4. Crystals of N3P3(OPh)4(η-C5H4)2Fe are orthorhombic of space group P212121 with a = 9.890 (2) Å, b = 15.962 (3) Å, c = 19.629(3) Å, V = 3098.8 Å3, and Z = 4. The diphenyl species, N3P3Ph2(OCH2CF3)2(η-C5H4)2Fe, crystallizes in the trigonal space group R3 (hexagonal axes) with α = 23.954 (8)Å, b = 23.94 (1) Å, c = 13.17 (1) Å, V = 6544 Å3, and Z = 9.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3098-3104
Number of pages7
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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