[MoFe3S4]3+ and [MoFe3S4]2+ cubane clusters containing a pentamethylcyclopentadienyl molybdenum moiety

Takashi Komuro, Hiroyuki Kawaguchi, Jianping Lang, Takayuki Nagasawa, Kazuyuki Tatsumi

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A series of organometallic molybdenum/iron/sulfur clusters of the general formula [Cp*MoFe3S4Ln]m (Cp* = η5-C5Me5; L = StBu, SPh, Cl, I, n = 3, m = 1-; Ln = I2(PtBu3), m = 0; L = 2,6-diisopropylphenylisocyanide (ArNC), n = 7, m = 1+) have been synthesized. A cubane cluster (PPh4)[Cp*MoFe3S4(StBu)3] (2) was isolated from a self-assembly reaction of Cp*Mo(StBu)3 (1), FeCl3, LiStBu, and S8 followed by cation exchange with PPh4Br in CH3CN, while an analogous cluster (PPh4)[Cp*MoFe3S4(SPh)3] (3) was obtained from the Cp*MoCl4/FeCl3/LiSPh/PPh4Br reaction system or from a ligand substitution reaction of 2 with PhSH. Treatment of 2 with benzoyl chloride gave rise to (PPh4)[Cp*MoFe3S4Cl3] (4), which was in turn converted to (PPh4)[Cp*MoFe3S4I3] (5) by the reaction with NaI. A neutral cubane cluster Cp*MoFe3S4I2(PtBu3) (6) was generated upon treating 5 with PtBu3. Although reduction of 4 by cobaltocene under the presence of ArNC resulted in a disproportionation of the cubane core to give Fe4S4(ArNC)9Cl (7), a similar reduction reaction of 5 produced [Cp*MoFe3S4(ArNC)7]I (8), where the MoFe3S4 core was retained. The crystal structures of 4-6, and 8 were determined by the X-ray analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Cubane cluster
  • Cyclopentadienyl
  • Iron: sulfide
  • Molybdenum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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