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  Methylcyclopentadiene describes three isomeric cyclic diolefins with the formula C5MeH5 (Me = CH3). These isomers are the organic precursor to the methylcyclopentadienyl-ligand (C5H4Me, often denoted as Cp'), commonly found in organometallic chemistry. C5MeH5 is prepared by thermal cracking its Diels-Alder dimer, followed by distillation to remove cyclopentadiene C5H6, a common impurity.[1]

Relative to the corresponding Cp complexes, complexes of Cp' exhibit enhanced solubility in organic solvents. Furthermore Cp' is often employed to probe the structure of organometallic complexes. For example, (MeC5H4)Fe(PPh3)(CO)I, exhibitss four MeC5H4 resonances in its 1H NMR spectrum and five MeC5H4 resonances in the 13C NMR spectrum. Free rotation of the Cp' ligand does not equivalence the diastereopic protons and carbon centers. The achiral precursor complex (MeC5H4)Fe(CO)2)I exhibits only two MeC5H4 resonances in the 1H NMR spectrum and three MeC5H4 resonances in the 13C NMR spectrum.[2]  


  1. ^ “Bis(methylcyclopentadienyl)titanium pentasulfide, Bis(methylcyclopentadienyl)divanadium pentasulfide, Bis(methylcyclopentadienyl)divanadium tetrasulfide", Darkwa, J.; Giolando, D. M.; Murphy, C. J.; Rauchfuss, T. B., Inorganic Syntheses 1990, volume 27, p 51ff.
  2. ^ Carlton, L.; Johnston, P.; Coville, N. J. (1988). "Substituted cyclopentadienyl complexes. II. Carbon-13 NMR spectra of some [(η5-C5H4Me)Fe(CO)(L)I] complexes". Journal of Organometallic Chemistry 339: 339-43. doi:10.1016/S0022-328X(00)99395-1.

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