Cationic and neutral NiII complexes containing a non-innocent PNP ligand: formation of alkyl and thiolate species

J.I. van der Vlugt, M. Lutz, E.A. Pidko, D. Vogt, A.L. Spek

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The synthesis and characterization of a series of cationic and neutral Ni-complexes with the non-innocent PNPtBu pincer ligand is discussed. Starting with the dicationic complex 1, [Ni(PNPtBu)(NCMe)](BF4)2, a small series of dicationic and monocationic NiII complexes has been prepared. Substitution with tert-butyl isocyanide and azide occurs readily in MeCN solution. IR spectroscopy provided a practical handle to access the formal valence state of the ligand. For the mono- and dicationic tert-butyl isocyanide species 3 and 6 the main vibrational bands in the IR spectra were reproduced quantitatively by DFT theoretical calculations, showing good agreement with the experimentally observed upon dearomatization of the PNPtBu backbone. Using a selective dearomatization-reprotonation methodology the mononuclear Ni-thiolate species 7 and 8 are cleanly generated and their structures have been determined by X-ray crystal structure determination. Alternatively, starting from the monocationic species [Ni(PNPtBu)Cl]BF4, neutral alkyl derivatives are easily available in a two-step procedure, and these species have been spectroscopically characterized.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)1016-1023
Number of pages8
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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