Despite the evaluation of ferrocene derivatives as potential photoinitiators, research delineating the kinetics of the charge transfer complexation of ferrocences with alkyl halides has been lacking.
Furthermore, this data should allow for more accurate predictions of the complexation chemistry of such complexes.
Such behavior would be expected for the complexes in which the alkyl chloride must intercalate itself between the cyclopentadienyl rings to facilitate complexation.
Therefore, the enthalpies of formation for the aforementioned compounds or CTCs were determined whereupon the exo-or endotherm of formation was calculated using the complexation step given in Fig.
Based on steric limitations, dichloromethane is more capable of intercollation between the cyclopentadieny1 rings and complexation with each of the ferrocene derivatives when compared to benzyl chloride, despite that dichloromethane is less capable of donating an electron than benzyl chloride.