Reactivity with alkylaluminum of a chromium complex of a pyridine-containing PNP ligand: Redox N-P bond cleavage

Ahmed Alzamly, Sandro Gambarotta, Ilia Korobkov

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Abstract

The ligand 2,6-[(Ph2)2PN]2C 5H3N based on the popular PNP motif has been used to generate the corresponding chromium adduct {2,6-[(Ph2) 2PN]2C5H3N}CrCl3· 2.5THF (1). Its reaction with Et2AlCl and Cl2AlEt afforded the two nearly isostructural complexes {2,6-(Ph2PNH)[(Et 2ClAl)NPPh2]C5H3N}CrCl(PEtPh 2)·0.5(toluene) (2) and {2,6-(Ph2PNH)[(EtCl 2Al)NPPh2]C5H3N}CrCl(PEtPh 2)·0.5(toluene) (3). The formation of these two species is the result of a multiple attack of the activator at both the ligand system and the metal center. During the reaction, the two nitrogen atoms lost one phosphine residue each, the metal was reduced, one of the two nitrogens was protonated, and one EtPPh2 molecule was formed and retained by the metal center. The three complexes characterized in this work display activity for catalytic and nonselective ethylene oligomerization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1602-1607
Number of pages6
JournalOrganometallics
Volume33
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 14 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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