Surface-supported metal carbonyl clusters: Formation of [HFe3(CO)11] interaction of Fe3(CO)12 and Fe(CO)5 with alumina and magnesia

François Hugues, A. K. Smith, Y. Ben Taarit, Jean-Marie Maurice Basset*, D. Commereuc, Y. Chauvin

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Interaction of Fe3(CO)12 and Fe(CO)5 with the surface of alumina and magnesia results in the formation of the anionic hydrido cluster carbonyl [HFe3(CO)11]- M+, M+ = A1(O-)x+ or Mg(O-)y+, which indicates the basic character of the hydroxy-group of alumina and magnesia towards Fe(CO)5 and Fe3(CO)12; the easy formation of [HFe3(CO)11]-M+ may also account for the same selectivities for formation of low molecular weight olefins observed in Fischer-Tropsch synthesis whether starting from Fe(CO)5 or from Fe3(CO)12 adsorbed on alumina or magnesia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-70
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society - Series Chemical Communications
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1980

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