The bis-phosphine compounds M(PBut3)2, M = Pd and Pt, readily eliminate one PBut3 ligand and transfer MPBut3 groups to the ruthenium-ruthenium bonds in the compounds Ru3(CO)12, Ru6(CO) 17(μ6-C), and Ru6(CO)14(η 6-C6H6)(μ6-C) without displacement of any of the ligands on the ruthenium complexes. The new compounds, Ru3(CO)12[Pd(PBut3)] 3, 10, and Ru6(CO)17(μ 6-C)[Pd(PBut3)]2, 11, Ru 6(CO)17(μ6-C)[Pt(PBut 3)]n, n = 1 (12), n = 2 (13), and Ru6(CO) 14(η6-C6H6)(μ 6-C)[Pd(PBut3)]n, n = 1 (15), n = 2 (16), have been prepared and structurally characterized. In most cases the MPBut3 groups bridge a pair of mutually bonded ruthenium atoms, and the associated Ru-Ru bond distance increases in length. Fenske-Hall calculations were performed on 10 and 11 to develop an understanding of the electron deficient metal-metal bonding. 10 undergoes a Jahn-Teller distortion to increase bonding interactions between neighboring Ru(CO)4 and Pd(PBut3) fragments. 11 has seven molecular orbitals important to cluster bonding in accord with cluster electron-counting rules.
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