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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)



First Advisor

Larry O. Spreer

First Committee Member

Emerson G. Cobb

Second Committee Member

Carl E. Wulfman

Third Committee Member

Herschel Frye

Fourth Committee Member

Donald K. Wedegaertner

Fifth Committee Member

Richard P. Dodge


The was an investigation of the formation and kinetic stability of store complexes a chromium-carbon bond in an aqueous medium. An orange-brown pentaaquotrifluoromethylchromium(III) ion was obtained by the reduction of trifluororrethyl iodide with Cr(II) and is the most inert of any organochrotnium(III) complex known. The initial aquation rates of trifluoromethylchromium(III) ion were described by the differential rate law -dln [(H2O)5CrCF32+]/dt = ko + k1(H+)

The products of the initial reaction were hexaaquochromium (III), carbon monoxide and HF. The values of ko and k1 at 45° were 5.21 x 10-1 and 9.38 x 10M-1sec-1 respectively. The activation parameters for the acid independent and acid dependent pathways were: ΔH+ = 19.7 kcal/more, ΔS+ = -27.4 cal-deg-1mole-1; and ΔHǂ1 = 23.4 kcal/mole and ΔSǂ1 = -12.7 cal-deg-1mole-1.

The acceleration in the aquation with time was observed indicating autocatalysis by a product of the reaction. An intermediate, (Cr( OH2)4FCrCF31+ ), was separated from the aquation reaction solution; this same ion was also formed immediately when fluoride ion was added to the (H2)5CrCF32+ ion in 0.05M perchloric acid. The added fluoride ion also increased the rate of aquation. Rapid formation of (Cr(OH2)4FCrCF31+) ion was attributed to the strong stabilizing effect of the trifluoromethyl ligand on water molecules in the inner coordination sphere of chromium( III).

A solvent-assisted mechanism for the aquation of pentaaquotrifluoromethyl-chromium(III) ion was proposed in which an activated complex was formed which dissociated in a concerted manner to give the products. Also, a reaction sequence was proposed for the complete aquation reaction which was consistent with the rate laws, the effect of added fluoride ion and the activation parameters.

Pink organochromium(III) species of 2+ charge was isolated in the reduction of carbon tetrachloride and carbon tetrabromide with chromium( II). he pink species have ·chromium:carbon:halide ratios of 1:1:1 and their uv-visible spectra showed unusually high absorbance values in the 500 nm region. The pink organochromium(III) reacted very rapidly with oxygen. The products of dissociation were carbon monoxide, formic acid, formaldehyde, bexaaquochromium(III), chromium( II) halide ions. The kinetics of aquation were studied, and initial rate coefficients and activation parameters were obtained. The identity dt these organochromium(III) species was not established but most possible structures were proposed.



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