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Improved synthesis of the [Ru(eta(6)-p-cymene)Cl3] anion: facile isolation under mild conditions

Reaction of [Ru(η6-p-cymene)Cl2]2 with two equivalents of [Ph4P][Cl] in CH2Cl2 yields [Ph4P][Ru(η6-p-cymene)Cl3], containing a trichlororuthenate(II) anion. In solution, an equilibrium between the product and [Ru(η6-p-cymene)Cl2]2 is observed, which in CDCl3 is nearly completely shifted to the dimer, whereas in CD2Cl2 essentially a 1:1-mixture of the two ruthenium species is present. Crystallization from CH2Cl2/pentane yielded two different crystals, which were identified by X-ray analysis as [Ph4P][Ru(η6-p-cymene)Cl3] and [Ph4P][Ru(η6-p-cymene)Cl3]⋅CH2Cl2.

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