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ERIC Number: EJ820753
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Experiments in Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Phosphine Substitution in (p-Cymene)RuCl[subscript 2](PR[subscript 3])
Ozerov, Oleg V.; Fafard, Claudia M.; Hoffman, Norris W.
Journal of Chemical Education, v84 n3 p489-492 Mar 2007
This manuscript describes a set of three experiments that investigates the thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of phosphine substitution at a Ru center. In the first experiment, the students synthesize a Ru organometallic complex containing a phosphine ligand. In the second, equilibria for phosphine substitution involving several different phosphines are studied. The equilibrium constants are converted into free energies of reactions which are compared with data from literature thermochemical studies. In the third experiment, the kinetics of the substitution of tris(p-fluorophenyl)phosphine is studied using variable-temperature (25-60 [degree Celsius] range) [superscript 19]F NMR. The kinetic studies confirm that this reaction follows a simple first-order rate law. With some approximations, combining the data obtained here and the literature thermochemical data allow estimation of the strength of a bridging Ru-Cl bond in the starting material used in this laboratory set. The materials used in these experiments are relatively inexpensive and air-stable. (Contains 2 tables, 2 figures, 4 schemes, and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Students; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A