Steric blocking of methyl bridging: The syntheses and X-ray crystal structures of a three-coordinate methyl magnesium complex and its THF adduct

P J Bailey, R A Coxall, C M Dick, S Fabre, S Parsons

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Treatment of dimethylmagnesium with Ar'N = C(Bu-t)CHC(Bu-t)NHAr' (Ar' = 2,6-diisopropylphenyl) in THF provides the beta -diketiminate complex [CH3Mg-(THF){eta (2)-(Ar'(NCBu)-Bu-t)(2)CH}]. The THF ligand may be removed from this complex at 150 degreesC under vacuum to provide the three-coordinate complex [CH3Mg{eta (2)-(Ar'(NCBu)-Bu-t)(2)CH}] Both species have been structurally characterized by X-ray crystallography, which shows that the Mg-C bond decreases from 2.189(4) to 2.077(2) Angstrom on removal of the THF ligand, and this is accompanied by a change in magnesium coordination. geometry from distorted tetrahedral to trigonal planar.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)798-801
Number of pages4
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 19 Feb 2001

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