Molybdenum-phosphorus triple bond stabilization by ancillary alkoxide ligation: synthesis and structure of a terminal phosphide tris-1-methylcyclohexanoxide complex.


Using alcoholysis, we converted terminal phosphide PMo(N[i-Pr]Ar)3 into a new, monomeric terminal phosphide PMo(OR)3, where R = 1-methylcyclohexyl or 1-adamantyl. Dimerization of the PMo unit was observed upon alcoholysis with 2,6-dimethylphenol, and the dimer [PMo(N[i-Pr]Ar)(O-2,6-C6H3Me2)2]2 was isolated and characterized by X-ray crystallography.