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Published June 1, 1996 | Published + Supplemental Material
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A tribenzylidenemethane–tantalum compound: some experiences with 'inversion twinning'


The six-electron-donating ligand tribenzylidenemethandiide has been used to form a tantalum (group 5) mimic, (η^5-cyclopentadienyl)(η^4-tribenzylidenemethandiide)dimethyltantalum, of a group 4 bent metallocene. The material crystallizes with two molecules in the asymmetric unit with quite different packing arrangements, although the overall structures of the two are similar. The Cp and methyl ligands are disordered about a threefold axis. Crystal data: [Ta{(C_7H_6)_3C}(C_5H_5)(CH_3), trigonal P31c, with a = 12.681 (3), c = 16.124 (5) Å, V = 2245.5 (7) Å^3, T = 293 K, Z = 4, M_r = 558.47, D_x = 1.65 g cm^(-3), F(000) = 1104, Mo Kα, λ = 0.71073 Å, µ = 4.91 mm^(-1), R = 0.020 for 1319 reflections with F_o > 4σ(F_o); S = 2.18. Because of crystal decay, three separate crystals were needed for a full data set. These polar (but achiral) crystals showed apparently differing amounts of inversion twinning, leading to problems in accurately merging the three data sets and refining the structure. These problems are discussed briefly.

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© 1996 International Union of Crystallography. Received 24 April 1995; accepted 25 September 1995. We thank Ken Hardcastle and Larry Henling for help with the SHELX programs and data collection. We also thank the referees and the Co-editor for many helpful suggestions.

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