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The Synthesis of Ruthenocene - A Methodology Appropriate for the Inorganic Undergraduate Curriculum

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Date created
2023-03-02
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Abstract
The discovery of ferrocene, Fe(C5H5)2, in the 1950’s sparked the development of organometallic chemistry including metallocene compounds. Shortly after the isolation of ferrocene, the analogous ruthenium and osmium compounds were discovered. The preparation of ferrocene is common in undergraduate inorganic laboratory courses, but an appropriate undergraduate synthesis of ruthenocene, Ru(C5H5)2, is lacking. Herein we describe a convenient synthesis of Ru(C5H5)2 for the undergraduate teaching laboratory. This microscale reaction incorporates elements of green chemistry and introduces students to an air sensitive reaction with sublimation as a purification method. Students explore the characterization of ruthenocene, through experimental and computational approaches.
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The fulltext of this document is embargoed by the American Chemical Society until March 30, 2024. For full text access please email summit@sfu.ca
Identifier
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.2c01258
Publication title
Journal of Chemical Education
Document title
The Synthesis of Ruthenocene - A Methodology Appropriate for the Inorganic Undergraduate Curriculum
Publisher
American Chemical Society
Date
2023
Volume
100
Issue
3
First page
1320
Last page
1325
Publisher DOI
10.1021/acs.jchemed.2c01258
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Copyright is held by the publisher with many rights continuing to also be held by the author(s).
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Yes
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