(2.2.2-cryptand)potassium tetrakis(η2-ethylene)cobaltate(-I)

William W. Brennessel, John E. Ellis

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The title salt, [K(C18H36N2O 6)][Co(C2H4)4], is one of only two known homoleptic ethylenemetalates. The cation and anion are well separated, which gives an unperturbed tetrahedral anion as is expected for a formally Co-I d10 metal center. The considerable elongation of the C=C bonds of the ethylene ligands [average 1.401 (6) Å], relative to that of free ethylene (1.333 Å), is consistent with metal →π * back-bonding models. One arm of the 2.2.2-cryptand (4,7,13,16,21,24-hexaoxa-1,10-diazabicyclo[8.8.8]hexacosane) complexant is disordered and was modeled over two positions with a refined occupancy ratio of 0.559 (2):0.441 (2). In the crystal, the cationic K(2.2.2-cryptand) units are linked via C-H···O hydrogen bonds, forming inversion dimers. There are no other significant intermolecular interactions in the crystal structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)m1257-m1258
JournalActa Crystallographica Section E: Structure Reports Online
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2012


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