A halide-free route to groups 12 and 13 organometallic and metalloorganic complexes

Andrew J. Edwards, Andrew Fallaize, Paul R. Raithby, Moira Ann Rennie, Alexander Steiner, Kerry L. Verhorevoort, Dominic S. Wright

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Nucleophilic substitution of the bis(trimethylsilyl)amido groups of [M{N(SiMe3)2}2] (M = Zn or Cd) and [In{N(SiMe3)2}3] was found to be a halide-free and homogeneous approach to organometallic and metalloorganic complexes. The breadth of this new synthetic approach is illustrated by the formation of [Cd(SCPh3)2(tmen)] 1 (tmen = Me2NCH2CH2NMe2), [(PhC≡C)4Zn{Li(tmen)}2] 2 and [Li(thf)4][In(C≡CPh)4] 3 (thf = tetrahydrofuran) from nucleophilic substitution reactions utilising [M{N(SiMe3)2}2] (M = Zn or Cd) and [In{N(SiMe3)2}3], the outcome of which is dependent upon the Lewis bases and nucleophiles employed and the metal centres concerned. The crystal structures of complexes 1-3 have been determined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-137
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society - Dalton Transactions
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 1996

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