The magic of Os: An unprecedented formal [3+3] cycloaddition reaction of 1 with alkynols affords stable iso-osmabenzenes at room temperature (see scheme). The phosphonium substituent at the Cβ position and the 18e− nature of the compound play key roles in the origin of the high thermal stability of the products. Isomerization of iso-osmabenzenes into η5-cyclopentadienyl complexes through metalated cyclopentadiene intermediates is also described.
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Cl prevents insertion: The first metallanaphthalyne 2 has been obtained by Zn reduction of Os carbyne complex 1. The key to its isolation was the use of o-chlorophenyl instead of phenyl substituents to avoid formation of a putative hydrido metallanaphthalyne intermediate (supported by DFT calculations), which undergoes migratory insertion of the carbyne into the OsH bond and rearrangement to give an indenyl complex as the final product.