The decomposition of a series of benzylidene, methylidene, and 3-phenylindenylidene complexes has been probed in alcohol solution in the presence of base. Tricyclohexylphosphane-containing precatalysts are shown to yield [RuCl(H)(H2 )(PCy3 )2 ] in isopropyl alcohol solutions, while 3-phenylindenylidene complexes lead to η(5) -(3-phenyl)indenyl products. The potential-energy surfaces for the formation of the latter species have been probed using density functional theory studies.
- density functional calculations
- hydride ligands
- reaction mechanisms