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Synthesis and Structures of [(Trimethylsilyl)methyl]sodium and -potassium with Bi- and Tridentate N-Donor Ligands

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Bill Clegg, Dr Luca Russo

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Abstract

[(Trimethylsilyl) methyl] sodium [NaCH2SiMe3] (1) was prepared by a metathesis reaction of [(trimethylsilyl) methyl] lithium [LiCH2SiMe3] with sodium tert-butoxide in n-hexane. Polydentate donors such as N,N,N',N'-tetramethylethylenediamine (TMEDA) and N,N,N', N '', N ''-pentamethyldiethylenetriamine (PMDETA) form n-hexane-soluble complexes of 1 and the potassium congener [KCH2SiMe3] (2). The crystal structures of the polymers [(TMEDA) NaCH2SiMe3] (1a) and [(PMDETA) KCH2SiMe3] (2a) were determined as infinite helical chains exhibiting 3(1) or 3(2) screw-axis symmetry. Compound 2b was obtained as the donor-deficient heterocubane pseudotetramer [(TMEDA)(3)(KCH2SiMe3)(4)], with intermolecular interactions of the TMEDA-uncoordinated potassium atom with a peripheral methyl group of a neighbouring tetramer to form infinite chains. The relatively easy accessibility and stability should make these (trimethylsilyl) methyl compounds of sodium and potassium valuable starting points for further exploration of the chemistry of these common-utility heavier alkali metals.


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Author(s): Clegg W, Conway B, Kennedy AR, Klett J, Mulvey RE, Russo L

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry

Year: 2011

Issue: 5

Pages: 721-726

Print publication date: 11/01/2011

ISSN (print): 1434-1948

ISSN (electronic): 1099-0682

Publisher: Wiley - VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ejic.201000983

DOI: 10.1002/ejic.201000983


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