Date: May 24, 2006
Creator: Feng, Yuee; Lail, Marty; Foley, Nicholas A.; Gunnoe, T. Brent; Barakat, Khaldoon A.; Cundari, Thomas R., 1964- et al.
Description: This article discusses evidence for metal-mediated processes. Abstract: At elevated temperatures (90-130 ˚C), complexes of the type TpRu(PMe3)2X (X = OH, OPh, Me, Ph, or NHPh; Tp = hydridotris(pyrazolyl)borate) undergo regioselective hydrogen-deuterium (H/D) exchange with deuterated arenes. For X = OH or NHPh, H/D exchange occurs at hydroxide and anilido ligands, respectively. For X = OH, OPh, Me, Ph, or NHPh, isotopic exchange occurs at the Tp 4-positions with only minimal deuterium incorporation at the Tp 3- or 5-positions or PMe3 ligands. For TpRu(PMe3)-(NCMe)Ph, the H/D exchange occurs at 60 ˚C at all three Tp positions and the phenyl ring. TpRu(PMe3)2-CI, TpRu(PMe3)2OTf(OTf = trifluoromethanesulfonate), and TpRu(PMe3)2SH do not initiate H/D exchange in C6D6 after extended periods of time at elevated temperatures. Mechanistic studies indicate that the likely pathway for the H/D exchange involves ligand dissociation (PMe3 or NCMe), Ru-mediated activation of an aromatic C-D bond, and deuteration of basic nondative ligand (hydroxide or anilido) or Tp positions via net D+ transfer.
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