The synthesis of water-soluble clusters is of interest for their possible use as homogeneous catalysts in this solvent. There are several advantages for carrying out catalytic reactions in water; easy recovery of the costly transition metal in a biphasic system (e.g. in hydroformylation of olefins with rhodium), use of water as a reagent (as in the Wacker process), and/or obtention of a better regioselectivity with amphiphilic compounds. A better understanding of the chemical behavior and stability of transition metals, especially low-valent group VIII (groups 8–1021) complexes, in water is important for the development of homogeneous catalysis in this solvent. We describe here the synthesis and characterization of a new family of water-soluble metal clusters based on the hydrosoluble ligand L = P[C6H4-m-S03-Na+(H20)]3 first described by Kuntz.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry