Fe-B bonding in (dibromoboryl)ferrocene: A structural and theoretical investigation

Andrea Appel, Frieder Jäkle, Thomas Priermeier, Rochus Schmid, Matthias Wagner

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The geometry and electronic structure of borylferrocenes, FcBR2, have been investigated by X-ray structure analysis (R = Br) and density functional theory (DFT) calculations (R = H). An interaction between filled d-type orbitals at iron and the empty p orbital of boron causes bending of the BR2 substituent toward the central iron atom. The dip angle α* is 17.7° (18.9°) for FcBBr2 (X-ray structure). Slightly larger values were calculated for the sterically unhindered model system FcBH2 (α* = 21.6° [LDA/NL]). According to the DFT calculations, the Fe-B interaction in FcBH2 is considerably weaker than the Fe-Cexo bond of the isoelectronic cation FcCH2+ (α* = 41.0° [LDA/NL]). In 1,1′-diborylated ferrocene no energetically preferred rotamer was detected by our DFT calculations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1188-1194
Number of pages7
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 20 1996
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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