A reversible solid-solid phase transition Z '=1 to Z '=6 in [Ni(OAc)(PNPtBu)]OTf

Martin Lutz, Jarl Ivar van der Vlugt, Dieter Vogt, Anthony L. Spek

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At ambient temperature, the complex [Ni(OAc)(PNPtBu)]OTf has one independent molecule in the asymmetric unit of the crystal structure with very large anisotropic displacement parameters. During cooling a fully reversible solid-solid phase transition occurs at a discrete temperature in the range 210-230 K. The low-temperature phase has six independent, well ordered molecules in the asymmetric unit. The P2(1)/a space group symmetry of the high-temperature phase changes to P2(1)/n for the low-temperature phase and the c-axis increases by a factor of six. The acetate ligand is shown to be coordinated in a eta(1)-fashion through one of the oxygen atoms, with the sterically encumbered, tridentate PNPtBu ligand completing the square planar geometry around the Ni-II ion. The synthesis and full characterization of the complex is reported. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2341-2346
Number of pages6
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 5 Aug 2009


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