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Trapping of a Highly Bent and Reduced Form of 2-Phosphaethynolate in a Mixed-Valence Diuranium–Triamidoamine Complex

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Erli Lu


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© 2019 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, WeinheimThe chemistry of 2-phosphaethynolate is burgeoning, but there remains much to learn about this ligand, for example its reduction chemistry is scarce as this promotes P-C-O fragmentations or couplings. Here, we report that reduction of [U(TrenTIPS)(OCP)] (TrenTIPS=N(CH2CH2NSiPri3)3) with KC8/2,2,2-cryptand gives [{U(TrenTIPS)}2{μ-η2(OP):η2(CP)-OCP}][K(2,2,2-cryptand)]. The coordination mode of this trapped 2-phosphaethynolate is unique, and derives from an unprecedented highly reduced and highly bent form of this ligand with the most acute P-C-O angle in any complex to date (P-C-O ∡ ≈127°). The characterisation data support a mixed-valence diuranium(III/IV) formulation, where backbonding from uranium gives a highly reduced form of the P-C-O unit that is perhaps best described as a uranium-stabilised OCP2−. radical dianion. Quantum chemical calculations reveal that this gives unprecedented carbene character to the P-C-O unit, which engages in a weak donor–acceptor interaction with one of the uranium ions.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Magnall R, Balazs G, Lu E, Tuna F, Wooles AJ, Scheer M, Liddle ST

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Angewandte Chemie - International Edition

Year: 2019

Volume: 58

Issue: 30

Pages: 10215-10219

Online publication date: 13/06/2019

Acceptance date: 24/05/2019

ISSN (print): 1433-7851

ISSN (electronic): 1521-3773

Publisher: Wiley-VCH Verlag


DOI: 10.1002/anie.201904676

PubMed id: 31125153


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