Inorganic Chemistry 

 Experiment 7     

Spring 2016

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 Preparation of CpRu(PPh3)2Cl

This experiment will involve the synthesis of an air-stable compound, CpRu(PPh3)2Cl. The difficulty in the preparation is the fact that the intermediate in the reaction is air sensitive.  To prepare this compound, students will use Schlenk line techniques.  Once prepared, the orange product is to be characterized by 1H NMR, visible and IR spectroscopy. This experiment is modified from M. I. Bruce and N. J. Windsor, Aust. J. Chem., 30, 1977, 1601 - 4.

1)  Find the MSDS for the compounds used to make CpRu(PPh3)2Cl.  The starting reagents are dicyclopentadiene, ruthenium trichloride (ruthenium(III) chloride) and triphenylphosphine.

Description: C:\Users\mdraganj\Documents\draganjac_files\cp2a.JPG2)  Cracking the Cp dimer

The first step in the synthesis of CpRu(PPh3)2Cl is to crack the dicyclopentadiene dimer.  This is achieved by using the fractional distillation set up shown in the photo.  The dicyclopentadiene dimer (C10H12) is broken down (cracked) to the monomer C5H6 (Cp).  This occurs at elevated temperatures.  The column head temperature will read approx. 40oC when the cracked Cp comes over.  Collect approximately 5 mL and discard.  Collect 12 - 15 mL of Cp to be used in the reaction. Do not allow the Cp dimer to froth up into the Vigreaux column.  The freshly cracked Cp must be used within a week, as it slowly dimerizes even at lower temperatures.  If you are not able to do both reactions in the same day, place the Cp in the explosion proof refrigerator in LSE534.

3) Preparation of CpRu(PPh3)2Cl

Description: C:\Users\mdraganj\Documents\draganjac_files\CpRuP2Cl_c.JPGWhile the Cp is being cracked, into a 250 mL two-neck flask, dissolve 2.1 g of PPh3 in 50 mL of ethanol and place under N2.  Bring the solution to reflux.  While the solution is warming to reflux, dissolve 0.5 g of RuCl3 xH2O in 37.5 mL of ethanol.  When the solution reaches reflux, add simultaneously the RuCl3 solution and the cracked Cp.  Bring the solution back to reflux and reflux until the solution turns orange and an orange precipitate forms.  Let reflux for another 30 min before turning off the heat.  Let cool to room temperature and place the flask, with stoppers, in the explosion proof refrigerator on LSE534.  The product must be filtered, washed with ethanol and dried before characterization.  Be sure to obtain your yield.  The reaction flask must be cleaned before the next group is scheduled to do their experiment.

4) Characterization of CpRu(PPh3)2Cl

You are to run the 1H NMR, visible spectrum and IR of your product.

5) Cost analysis

The report must include a cost analysis of all materials needed to do the synthesis.  You will start with a lab that has two hoods, working gas, water and air jets, and plenty of bench and drawer space.  Everything else you must purchase.

Write up
     Each person in the group must submit a separate report.  The report should include an introduction explaining how each instrument works (in theory) and what information each instrument gives about the compound.  The experimental section will outline the procedure used to crack the Cp dimer and the procedure for the preparation of the CpRu(PPh3)2Cl.  You must detail how the compound(s) will be synthesized, including diagram(s) for the synthetic apparatus(i) needed for your experiment.  The report must include a schematic of the reactions.  This schematic must be drawn using computer software of your choice.  Students should also include the manufacturer for the NMR, UV/ visible spectrophotometer and IR spectrophotometer.  Include the NMR, visible and IR spectra.  Discuss the spectral assignments in the NMR, visible and IR spectra of your compound.  Attach the MSDS for each compound. Include the cost analysis. This lab will be worth 60 points and is due by 5:00 pm Friday, Apr. 22, 2016.

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