Redetermination of the cobaltocene crystal structure at 100 K and 297 K: Comparison with ferrocene and nickelocene
The molecular and crystal structures of the monoclinic modification of cobaltocene Cp2Co (P21/n, Z=2) was determined at 100 K and 297 K with new sets of X-ray diffraction data (MoKα radiation, 3995 and 6534 reflections, refinement toR = 0.026 and 0.030 using 1061 and 1299 independent observable reflections, respectively). At 297 K the structure is disordered (similar to the isomorphous ferrocene and nickelocene) with two distinct orientations of the ring, differing in occupancy factors (80% and 20%) and by a rotation angle in the ring plane of approximately 34°. Just as for nickelocene but in contrast to ferrocene, no sharp phase transition was found on cooling Cp2Co to 100 K, but an essential ordering of the Cp-ring position was detected with a decrease of the contribution of the second minor orientation to nearly 10%. On the basis of a careful analysis of the molecular geometry, crystal packing, and anisotropic atomic displacement parameters, a dynamic temperature-dependent nature of the disorder in Cp2Co is assumed.