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Heavier alkali metal complexes of a silicon- and phosphine-borane- stabilized carbanion

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Keith Izod, Dr Corinne Wills, Emeritus Professor Bill CleggORCiD, Dr Ross Harrington


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Treatment of the phosphine-borane adduct (Me3Si) 2{Me2P(BH3)}CH (5) with either MeNa or MeK in diethyl ether yields the corresponding alkali metal salts [[(Me 3Si)2{Me2P(BH3)}C]ML] ∝ [ML = Na(THF)2·1/2PhMe (6a); K (7)] after recrystallization. Metathesis reactions between in situ prepared [(Me 3Si)2{Me2P(BH3)}C]Li and either rubidium or cesium 2-ethylhexoxide give the compounds [[(Me3-Si) 2{Me2P(BH3)}C]ML]n [ML = Rb, n = ∞ (10); Cs(pmdeta), n = 2 (11)] after recrystallization. Compounds 6a, 7, 10, and 11 are the first heavier alkali metal complexes of a phosphine-borane-stabilized carbanion to be isolated in the solid state. Compounds 5, 6a, 7, 10, and 11 have been characterized by elemental analyses, multielement (1H, 13C{1H}, 11B{ 1H}, and 31P{1H}) NMR spectroscopy, and X-ray crystallography. In the solid state compounds 6a, 7, 10, and 11 adopt dimeric or polymeric structures in which the alkali metal cations are associated with both the carbanion centers and the borane hydrogen atoms. © 2006 American Chemical Society.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Izod K, Wills C, Clegg W, Harrington RW

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Organometallics

Year: 2006

Volume: 25

Issue: 22

Pages: 5326-5332

ISSN (print): 0276-7333

ISSN (electronic): 1520-6041

Publisher: American Chemical Society


DOI: 10.1021/om0606082


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