Microwave Spectra for (C6H5D)Cr(CO)3, (C6D6)Cr(CO)3, and (C6H5F)Cr(CO)3 and the Structure of (Benzene)chromium Tricarbonyl

S. M. Sickafoose, S. M. Breckenridge, S. G. Kukolich

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Microwave spectra for the D1 and D6 isotopomers of (benzene)chromium tricarbonyl and (fluorobenzene)chromium tricarbonyl were measured using a Flygare-Balle type microwave spectrometer system. The new rotational constants for the deuterium-substituted isotopomers are used with previous data which include 13C isotopomers to obtain a gas-phase structure for (benzene)chromium tricarbonyl. The new rotational constant for the C6D6, symmetrictop, isotopomer is B(bz-d6) = 698.6934(1) MHz. Asymmetric-top structure were observed for a single deuterium substitution on benzene, giving B(bz-d1) = 730.0491(4) MHz and C(bz-d1) = 723.6641(4) MHz. Rotational constants obtained for (fluorobenzene)chromium tricarbonyl are A = 814.1491(2) MHz, B = 641.1594(2) MHz, and C = 586.5866(1) MHz. The centrifugal distortion constants are small, with DJ ≅ 0.05 kHz. Structural parameters determined are center of the benzene carbon plane to chromium distance r(Cr—bz) = 1.66(2) Å, the chromium to carbonyl carbon bond length r(Cr—CO) = 1.876(7) Å, the benzene carbon to hydrogen bond length r(C—H) = 1.080(3) Å, and the carbonyl carbon to oxygen bond length r(C—O) = 1.148(7) Å. The OC—Cr—CO interbond angle is α = 87.4(6)°. The average benzene C—C bond length is 1.413(4) Å. A small isotopic shift in the 53Cr quadrupole coupling strength was observed for the C6D6 isotopomer relative to the normal isotopomer. The hydrogen atoms are displaced out of the benzene carbon plane toward the Cr atom with the C—H bond axis at an angle γ= 2.8(2)° with respect to the benzene carbon plane.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5176-5179
Number of pages4
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number23
StatePublished - Nov 1 1994

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  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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