Diruthenium nonacarbonyl

  • Formula: Ru2(CO)9
  • Hill system formula: C9O9Ru2
  • CAS registry number: [63128-11-0]
  • Formula weight: 454.231
  • Class: carbonyl complex organometallic
  • Colour:
  • Appearance: solid
  • Melting point: <25°C (decomposes)
  • Boiling point:
  • Density:

The following are some synonyms of diruthenium nonacarbonyl:

  • diruthenium nonacarbonyl
  • ruthenium(O) carbonyl
  • ruthenium carbonyl
  • ruthenium nonacarbonyl

The oxidation number of ruthenium in diruthenium nonacarbonyl is 0.


This was first made by the photochemical irradiation of [Ru(CO)5] in heptane at -40°C. It is stable at low temperature but converts into [Ru3(CO)12] upon warming.

Element analysis

The table shows element percentages for Ru2(CO)9 (diruthenium nonacarbonyl).

Element %
C 23.80
O 31.70
Ru 44.50

Isotope pattern for Ru2(CO)9

The chart below shows the calculated isotope pattern for the formula Ru2(CO)9 with the most intense ion set to 100%.


The data on these compounds pages are assembled and adapted from the primary literature and several other sources including the following.

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