The Chemical Educator
ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)
Abstract Volume 13
Issue 3 (2008) pp 158-160
Solid State Isomerization
David E. Berry* and Kelli L. Fawkes
Department of Chemistry, University of Victoria,
British Columbia, Canada, V8W 3V6, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Published online: 1 June 2008
Abstract. A two-step synthesis of trans,trans,trans-[RuCl2(CNBut)2(PPh3)2] is described in which the first step uses a microwave reflux to make [RuCl2(PPh3)3] and the second step is the room temperature addition of t-butylisocyanide to a solution of the isolated [RuCl2(PPh3)3]. The final product is isomerized to the cis,cis,trans-isomer in the solid state. The progression of this reaction at a fixed temperature within the 140 °C–150 °C range can be monitored by solution 1H NMR spectroscopy.
Key Words: Laboratories and Demonstrations; organometallic chemistry; isomerization; solid state reactions; green chemistry; reaction kinetics
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Issue date: June