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Phosphido-bis(borane) complexes of the alkaline earth metals

DOI: 10.1039/D0DT03895D DOI Help

Authors: Keith Izod (Newcastle University) , James M. Watson (Newcastle University) , Ross W. Harrington (Newcastle University) , William Clegg (Newcastle University)
Co-authored by industrial partner: No

Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Dalton Transactions , VOL 50 , PAGES 1019-1024

State: Published (Approved)
Published: December 2020
Diamond Proposal Number(s): 6302

Abstract: The reaction between two equivalents of {(Me3Si)2CH}(Ph)PH(BH3) (1) and Bu2Mg, followed by two equivalents of BH3·SMe2, gives the corresponding phosphido-bis(borane) complex, which may be crystallised as two distinct chemical species: the complex [{(Me3Si)2CH}(Ph)P(BH3)2]2Mg(THF)4·THF (2a), and two different THF solvates (1 : 1 and 1 : 2) of the solvent-separated ion triples [{(Me3Si)2CH}(Ph)P(BH3)2]2[Mg (THF)6]·THF (2b) and [{(Me3Si)2CH}(Ph)P(BH3)2]2[Mg(THF)6]·2THF (2c). Similar reactions between two equivalents of 1 and either (4-tBuC6H4CH2)2Ca(THF)4 or [(Me3Si)2CH]2Sr(THF)2, followed by two equivalents of BH3·SMe2, give the heavier alkali metal complexes [{(Me3Si)2CH}(Ph)P(BH3)2]2M(THF)4 [M = Ca (3), Sr (4)]. Surprisingly, compounds 2a, 3 and 4 adopt almost identical structures in the solid state, which differ only in the geometrical arrangement of the phosphido-bis(borane) ligands and the hapticity of the borane groups.

Subject Areas: Chemistry

Instruments: I19-Small Molecule Single Crystal Diffraction