Thermal versus photochemical pathways of a manganese 10-vertex metalladecaborane: [Nido-6-Mn(CO)3B9H13][NMe4]

Pei Ma, Ralf Littger, Tiffany M. Smith Pellizzeri, Jon Zubieta, James T. Spencer

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The relationship between the thermal and photochemical reaction pathways of the 10-vertex metalladecaborane complex, [nido-6-Mn(CO)3B9H13][NMe4] (1), has been investigated. The reaction types observed included a nido-6 to nido-5 cage isomerization process and a nido-6 to hypercloso-metallaborane conversion through hydrogen loss and cage closure reactions. The particular reaction pathway observed was found to depend upon the reaction conditions employed. UV photochemical irradiation of 1 resulted in the formation of the hypercloso-[Mn(CO3)B9H9][NMe4] structure while the thermal reaction effected an isomerization process to form the nido-5-[Mn(CO)3B9H13][NMe4] complex. Varying the solvent, under certain conditions, also yielded cage degradation reactions. The spectroscopic and structural characterization of the products of these reactions included multi-nuclear NMR, including 11B and 2D 11B–11B COSY NMR, FTIR, and UV–Visible methods. The X-ray crystallographic structures of the complexes [nido-6-Mn(CO)3B9H13][NMe4] (1) and [nido-5-Mn(CO)3B9H13][NMe4] (2) are also reported in this work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-137
Number of pages9
StatePublished - Apr 18 2016


  • Cluster
  • Metallaborane
  • Organometallic
  • Photochemistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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