3D model (JSmol)
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|Molar mass||220.057 g/mol|
|Density||1.77 g/cm3, solid|
|Melting point||90 °C (194 °F; 363 K)|
|Boiling point||210 °C (410 °F; 483 K) (decomposes)|
|Solubility||soluble in organic solvents|
|Safety data sheet||Oxford MSDS|
|Flash point||210 °C (410 °F; 483 K)|
|Lethal dose or concentration (LD, LC):|
LD50 (median dose)
|150 mg/kg (oral, mouse) |
230 mg/kg (oral, rat)
|US health exposure limits (NIOSH):|
|TWA 1 mg/m3|
|TWA 0.5 mg/m3|
IDLH (Immediate danger)
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Chromium carbonyl, also known as chromium hexacarbonyl, is the chemical compound with the formula Cr(CO)6. At room temperature the solid is stable to air, although it does have a high vapor pressure and sublimes readily. Cr(CO)6 is zerovalent, meaning that Cr has an oxidation state of zero, and it is a homoleptic complex, which means that all the ligands are identical. The complex is octahedral with Cr-C and C-O distances of 1.91 and 1.14 Å, respectively.
When heated or photolyzed in tetrahydrofuran (THF) solution, Cr(CO)6 converts to Cr(CO)5(THF) with loss of one CO ligand. Similarly, heating a solution of Cr(CO)6 in an aromatic solvent results in replacement of three CO ligands:
Such reactions proceed particularly well with electron-rich arenes such as anisole, either as the neat reagent or using a mixture of THF and dibutyl ether, the latter to increase the boiling point of the mixture. The products adopt a "piano-stool" structure. These species are typically yellow solids, which dissolve well in common organic solvents. The arene can be liberated from the chromium with iodine or by photolysis in air. In general, substituted derivatives of Cr(CO)6 decompose upon exposure to air.
Alkyl and aryl organolithium reagents RLi add to a carbonyl ligand to give anionic acyl complexes. These species react with alkylating agents such as Me3O+ to form (OC)5Cr=C(OMe)R, an example of a Fischer carbene. When R = vinyl or aryl, the resulting carbene complex can react with acetylenes to form (arene)Cr(CO)3 derivatives.
UV-irradiation of frozen solutions of chromium hexacarbonyl affords a variety of labile adducts.
In common with many of the other homoleptic metal carbonyls (e.g. nickel carbonyl and iron carbonyl), chromium hexacarbonyl is toxic and thought to be carcinogenic. Its vapor pressure is relatively high for a metal complex, 1 mmHg (130 Pa) at 36 °C).