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Rhodium: Organometallic Chemistry

  1. Joel T. Mague

Published Online: 15 MAR 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470862106.ia207

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry

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Mague, J. T. 2006. Rhodium: Organometallic Chemistry. Encyclopedia of Inorganic Chemistry. .

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  1. Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, USA

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  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2006


A review of the major advances in the organometallic chemistry of rhodium covering the period 1993–2003 is presented. Highlighted are complexes containing N-donor ligands such as triazacyclononanes and tris-(pyrazolyl)borates, those containing vinylidene and allenylidene ligands, and the formation of metallamacrocyclic complexes. Also featured are results of detailed computational studies on the activation of C[BOND]H bonds and the course of olefin hydroformylation and hydrogenation processes. Classes of organorhodium compounds covered include alkyl, aryl, vinylidene, allenylidene, alkynyl, and carbene complexes. Also reviewed are alkene, alkyne, isocyanide, and arene complexes, as well as carbonyl cluster compounds together with significant coverage of dinuclear complexes stabilized by bis(diphenylphosphino)methane ligands.


  • rhodium;
  • alkyl;
  • aryl;
  • vinylidene;
  • allenylidene;
  • arene;
  • alkene;
  • alkyne;
  • cluster;
  • isocyanide;
  • dinuclear;
  • diphosphine