Rhodium and iridium NNO-Scorpionate complexes: synthesis, structure, and reactivity with aluminum alkyls


Synthesis of rhodium and iridium NNO (NNO = bis(3,5-dimethyl-pyrazol-1-yl)acetate) complexes is reported. Complexes have been fully characterized by 1H and 13C{1H} NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry and X-ray diffraction. Addition of K(NNO) to [M(cod)Cl]2 results in formation of a new, fluxional species, M(cod)(NNO), which crystallizes as a bimetallic M(I)-M(I)dimer bridged by two NNO ligands. In contrast, addition of the protic starting material NNO-H to [Ir(cod)2][BArF24] (BArF24 = tetrakis(3,5-trifluoromethylphenyl)borate) resulted in the Ir(III) hydride species[Ir(cod)(NNO)(H)]BArF24. Finally, the reactivity of the newly synthesized complexes with alkyl aluminum reagents, AlR3 (R = Et, iBu) is explored.

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Inorganica Chimica Acta