Nickel olefin complexes supported by Gai(DDP)

Andreas Kempter, Christian Gemel, Thomas Cadenbach, Roland A. Fischer

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The reactions of the low-valent group 13 bis-imidinate ligand Ga(DDP) [DDP = 2-{(2,6-diisopropylphenyl)amino}-4-{(2,6-diisopropylphenyl)imino}-2-pentene] with Ni(0) olefin complexes are reported. Treatment of [Ni(cdt)] (cdt = 1,5,9-cyclododecatriene) with Ga(DDP) yields the adduct [(cdt)Ni{Ga(DDP)}] (1). Substitution of the cdt moiety in 1 with olefins (ethylene, styrene, or dvds (dvds = 1,3-divinyl-(1,1,3,3-tetramethyl)disiloxane)) gives a series of olefin complexes, i.e., [{(DDP)Ga}Ni(C2H4)2] (2), [(DDP)GaNi(styrene)2] (3), and [{(DDP)Ga}Ni(dvds)] (4). The reaction of Ga(DDP) with excess [Ni(C2H4)3] yields the clusters [{(ethylene)2Ni}22-Ga(DDP)] (5), [{(ethylene)Ni}2(a2-Ga(DDP)) (μ2-ethylene)] (6), and [{{μ2-Ga(DDP)}Ni(ethylene)}2Ni(μ 2-CH=CH2)(H)] (7). While an agostic interaction of a bridging ethylene molecule is observed in 5 and 6, a C-H activation takes place in the formation of 7. Finally, the reaction of [Ni(cod)2] (cod = 1,5-cyclooctadiene) with Ga(DDP) in the presence of Ph-C≡C-Ph yields the dimeric complex [{{μ2-Ga(DDP)}Ni22- PhCCPh)}2(PhCCPh)(1,5-cod)] (8). Compounds 1-8 were fully characterized by C/H analysis, NMR spectroscopy, and X-ray single-crystal diffraction studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4257-4264
Number of pages8
Issue number17
StatePublished - 13 Aug 2007
Externally publishedYes


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