The acetate-catalyzed heterolysis reaction of two (a-hydroxyalkyl)chromium(III) complexes, CrIII-CH2OH and CrIII-C(CH3)2OH, with three types of nonparticipating ligands (H2O)5Cr-R2+, irons-(aneN4)(H2O)Cr-R2+, and cis-(nta)(H2O)Cr-R-, has been studied as a function of acetate concentration, temperature, and pressure. The reported rate and activation parameters demonstrate that the catalytic effect results from a trans-labilization effect by coordinated acetate and involves the attack by a solvent water molecule on the metal-carbon bond. The positive volumes of activation support the operation of a dissociatively activated heterolysis mechanism, which is in line with the suggested labilization effect by coordinated acetate.
|Number of pages||5|
|State||Published - 1992|