Synthesis and small molecule reactivity of uranium(IV) alkoxide complexes with both bound and pendant N-heterocyclic carbene ligands

P L Arnold, A L Blake, C Wilson, Polly Arnold

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Abstract

The syntheses of two tetravalent uranium alkoxide-carbene complexes are reported, [UIL3], and [UL4] where L=OCMe2CH2[1-C(NCHCHNiPr)]. The latter shows dynamic behaviour of the alkoxycarbene ligands in solution at room temperature, and the crystal structure of [UL4] shows that one carbene group remains uncoordinated. The unbound N-hetero-cyclic carbene group is trapped by a range of reagents such as 16-valence-electron metal carbonyl fragments and BH3 moieties, forming, for example, [UL4(mu-L)W(CO)(5)], [UL2(mu-L)(2)Mo(CO)4], and [ULn(L-BH3)(4-n)] (n=1-4), demonstrating the potential for these hemilabile electropositive metal-carbene complexes to participate in the bifunctional activation of small molecules.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6095-6099
Number of pages5
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Volume11
Issue number20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2005

Keywords

  • bifunctional catalysis
  • carbene ligands
  • heterometallic complexes
  • O ligands
  • uranium
  • CRYSTAL-STRUCTURE
  • METAL
  • DERIVATIVES
  • PRECURSORS
  • BOROHYDRIDE
  • CHEMISTRY
  • CATALYSIS
  • ELEMENT
  • OXO

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