Received 7 December 2009
The asymmetric unit of the title triangulo-triruthenium compound, [Ru3(C25H22As2)(C19H17P)(CO)9], consists of two crystallographically independent molecules of the triangulo-triruthenium complex, A and B. The bis(diphenylarsino)methane ligand bridges an Ru-Ru bond and the monodentate phosphine ligand bonds to the third Ru atom. Both the phosphine and arsine ligands are equatorial with respect to the Ru3 triangle. In addition, each Ru atom carries one equatorial and two axial terminal carbonyl ligands. With regard to the three phosphine-substituted rings, the benzyl ring makes dihedral angles of 41.0 (3) and 43.9 (3)° with the other two benzene rings in molecule A; these angles are 49.8 (3) and 56.8 (3)° in molecule B. The dihedral angles between the two benzene rings are 76.1 (3) and 88.2 (3)° for the two diphenylarsino groups in molecule A and 71.3 (3) and 78.1 (3)° in molecule B. In the crystal packing, molecules are linked into chains via intermolecular C-HO hydrogen bonds. Weak intermolecular C-H interactions further stabilize the crystal structure.
For general background to triangulo-triruthenium derivatives, see: Bruce et al. (1985, 1988a,b). For related structures, see: Shawkataly et al. (1998, 2004, 2009). For the synthesis of -bis(diphenylarsino)methanedecacarbonyltriruthenium(0), see: Bruce et al. (1983). For stability of the temperature controller used for the data collection, see: Cosier & Glazer (1986).
Data collection: APEX2 (Bruker, 2005); cell refinement: SAINT (Bruker, 2005); data reduction: SAINT; program(s) used to solve structure: SHELXTL (Sheldrick, 2008); program(s) used to refine structure: SHELXTL; molecular graphics: SHELXTL; software used to prepare material for publication: SHELXTL and PLATON (Spek, 2009).
Supplementary data and figures for this paper are available from the IUCr electronic archives (Reference: SJ2709 ).
The authors would like to thank the Malaysian Government and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) for the Research grant 1001/PJJAUH/811115. IAK is grateful to USM for a Postdoctoral Fellowship and to Gokhale Centenary College, Ankola, Karnataka, India, for postdoctoral study leave. HKF thanks USM for the Research University Golden Goose grant 1001/PFIZIK/811012. CSY thanks USM for the award of a USM Fellowship.
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