First- and second-order mechanisms for oxidative addition for bound methyl disulfide in the complex W(CO)3(phen) (MeSSMe)

Telvin D. Ju, Kenneth B. Capps, Gerald C. Roper, Russell F. Lang, Carl D. Hoff

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The rate of oxidative addition of methyl disulfide in the complex W(CO)3(1,10-phenanthroline)(MeSSMe) in methylene chloride has been studied. The dominant reaction pathway is second order in metal complex and inhibited by excess methyl disulfide. Formation of a dinuclear complex [W(CO)3(phen)]2(MeSSMe) is proposed to lead to the transition state for cleavage of the sulfur-sulfur bond in the second-order mechanism. In neat methyl disulfide, or in concentratred solutions of methyl disulfide at low metal complex concentrations, the reaction occurs at reduced rate and follows a first-order mechanism. Addition of Mo(CO)3(1,10-phenanthroline)(MeSSMe) to the corresponding tungsten complex results in a ten-fold increase in the rate of oxidative addition of the tungsten complex and production of Mo(CO)4(1,10-phenanthroline) as the sole molybdenum-containing product. The faster rate of reaction in the presence of the molybdenum complex is attributed to the faster formation of the heteronuclear dinuclear intermediate by initial loss of MeSSMe from the molybdenum versus tungsten center. Additional kinetic/mechanistic studies are described using a new flow-through FT-IR/microscope reaction system designed to allow convenient monitoring of small quantities of sensitive/hazardous reactants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)488-498
Number of pages11
JournalInorganica Chimica Acta
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Apr 2 1998


  • Carbonyl complexes
  • Disulfide complexes
  • Kinetics and mechanism
  • Oxidative addition
  • Tungsten complexes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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