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  • 1 Department of Chemistry National University of Singapore 0511 Kent Ridge Singapore
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The thermal degradation of three monosubstituted hexacarbonyl complexes, M(CO)5(dppm) (whereM=Cr, Mo and W;dppm=Bis-(diphenylphosphino)-methane) has been studied using TG and DSC technics and their results reported. All the complexes facilely lose a carbonyl ligand (CO) below 200 °C. The kinetic analysis on the molybdenum complex suggested a first order dissociation pathway for this decarbonylation process. Dephosphination occurred at high temperature, followed by further decarbonylations. The enthalpy changes associated with the first decarbonylation are reported. The measured kinetic parameters are in good agreement with the literature values on similar systems obtained from solution studies.