A unique li12-aggregate containing both -NLi2 and -CHLi ∼ NLi units

Sarah C. Ball, James Cobb, Robert P. Davies, Paul R. Raithby, Gregory P. Shields, Ronald Snaith

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Dilithiation of 2-methylpyridine followed by PhCN insertion affords the complex {[C5H4N·CHC(Ph)N]2-·2Li+}6·(THF)4, 5. The crystal structure of 5 reveals an unusual Li12 aggregate containing four types of Li+ cation and two types of dianionic ligand which bond to the metal centres via exclusively N-Li interactions or via combinations of C-Li and N-Li coordinations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-245
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 1997


  • Dilithiated molecules
  • Imide
  • Lithium
  • Pyridine
  • Reaction mechanisms
  • X-ray structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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