Bis(aminophoshonium) salts derived from bis(diphenylphosphino)methane were prepared and triply deprotonated with potassium hexamethyldisilazane to yield the corresponding bis(iminophosphoranyl)methanides, which were then subjected to coordination with CrIIICl3(THF)3. Binuclear complexes of type [(HC(PPh2NR)2Cr([small mu ]-Cl)(Cl))2] (R = iPr, tBu) with an octahedral coordination geometry and a long C-Cr bond were obtained and structurally characterized. In the case of R = o-MeO-C6H4, a monomeric species featuring no C-Cr bond is observed. Preliminary evaluation of catalytic activities of these complexes in ethylene oligomerization and polymerization is reported.
Klemps, C., Buchard, A., Houdard, R., Auffrant, A., Mezailles, N., Le Goff, X. F., Ricard, L., Saussine, L., Magna, L., & Le Floch, P. (2009). Chromium (iii)-bis(iminophosphoranyl)methanido complexes: synthesis, X-ray crystal structures and catalytic ethylene oligomerization. New Journal of Chemistry, 33(8), 1748-1752. https://doi.org/10.1039/B904619D