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Zirconium Alkyl Complexes Supported by Ureate Ligands: Synthesis, Characterization, and Precursors to Metal-Element Multiple Bonds.

TitleZirconium Alkyl Complexes Supported by Ureate Ligands: Synthesis, Characterization, and Precursors to Metal-Element Multiple Bonds.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsLeitch, DC, Schafer, LL
JournalOrganometallics
Volume29
Pagination5162 - 5172
Date Published2010///
ISBN Number0276-7333
Keywordsneopentyl benzyl zirconium ureate complex prepn crystal mol structure, reactivity neopentyl benzyl zirconium ureate complex
Abstract

A series of bis(ureate) zirconium complexes bearing reactive alkyl ligands have been prepd. and fully characterized. A sterically demanding, nontethered ureate ligand was successfully employed in the synthesis of a dibenzyl complex; however synthesis can be complicated by suspected ligand disproportionation and redistribution. In contrast, tethered bis(ureate) ligands, including a chiral, C2-sym. ligand, are reliable supports for sterically accessible, mononuclear dibenzyl and bis(neopentyl) complexes. These coordinatively unsatd. species react with pyridine to form seven-coordinate adducts that exhibit remarkable thermal and photochem. stability. The reactive nature of the dibenzyl deriv. can be exploited in the synthesis of imido complexes via protonolysis with 2,6-diisopropylaniline. A monometallic imido, supported by a sterically open ureate ligand, can be prepd. in this manner with the use of excess pyridine; however, NMR spectroscopy indicates that this species undergoes dimerization in soln. When the reaction is performed in the absence of pyridine, only the dimeric complex is obtained. [on SciFinder(R)]