Electronic response of a (P,N)-based ligand on metal coordination.

Research paper by Alexander A Murso, Dietmar D Stalke

Indexed on: 11 Aug '04Published on: 11 Aug '04Published in: Dalton Transactions


The reaction of [(THF)Li(Ph(2)PC(H)Py)] with ZnCl(2) in the presence of ZnO yields the zinc complex [Zn(3)(Ph(2)PC(H)Py)(4)O] (1). Deprotonation of the phosphane Ph(2)P(CH(2)Py) with [Fe(N(SiMe(3))(2))2] gives the iron complexes [(Ph(2)P(CH(2)Py))Fe(Ph(2)PC(H)Py)2] (2) and [Fe(Ph(2)PC(H)Py)(N(SiMe(3))(2))]2 (3), depending on the ratio of phosphane. The solid state structures of the metal complexes illustrate the coordination flexibility of the [Ph(2)C(H)Py](-)-anion. Depending on the electronic requirements of the coordinated metal the anion acts as a (P,N)-chelating amide or C-coordinating carbanion with the P- and N-heteroatoms as donor bases.