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Title: An unsaturated four-coordinate dimethyl dimolybdenum complex with a molybdenum-molybdenum quadruple bond
Author: Curado, Natalia
Carrasco, Mario
Campos, Jesus
Maya, Celia
Rodríguez, Amor
Ruiz Sabín, Eliseo
Álvarez, Santiago (Álvarez Reverter)
Carmona, Ernesto
Keywords: Metalls
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2017
Publisher: Wiley-VCH
Abstract: We describe the synthesis and the molecular and electronic structures of the complex [Mo2Me2{mu-HC(NDipp)(2)}(2)] (2; Dipp=2,6-iPr(2)C(6)H(3)), which contains a dimetallic core with an Mo-Mo quadruple bond and features uncommon four-coordinate geometry and has a fourteen-electron count for each molybdenum atom. The coordination polyhedron approaches a square pyramid, with one of the molybdenum atoms nearly co-planar with the basal square plane, in which the trans coordination position with respect to the Mo-Me bond is vacant. The other three sites are occupied by two trans nitrogen atoms of different amidinate ligands and the methyl group. The second Mo atom occupies the apex of the pyramid and forms an Mo-Mo bond of length 2.080(1) angstrom, consistent with a quadruple bond. Compound 2 reacts with tetrahydrofuran (THF) and trimethylphosphine to yield the mono-adducts [Mo2Me(mu-Me){mu-HC(NDipp)(2)}(2)(L)] (3 center dot THF and 3 center dot PMe3, respectively) with one terminal and one bridging methyl group. In contrast, 4-dimethylaminopyridine (dmap) forms the bis-adduct [Mo2Me2{mu-HC(NDipp)(2)}(2)(dmap)(2)] (4), with terminally coordinated methyl groups. Hydrogenolysis of complex 2 leads to the bis(hydride) [Mo2H2{mu-HC(NDipp)(2)}(2)(thf)(2)] (5 center dot THF) with elimination of CH4. Computational, kinetic, and mechanistic studies, which included the use of D-2 and of complex 2 labelled with C-13 (99%) at the Mo-CH3 sites, supported the intermediacy of a methyl-hydride reactive species. A computational DFT analysis of the terminal and bridging coordination of the methyl groups to the Mo Mo core is also reported.
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It is part of: Chemistry-A European Journal, 2017, vol. 23, num. 1, p. 194-205
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ISSN: 0947-6539
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