Copper diamidocarbene complexes: characterization of monomeric to tetrameric species

Lee R. Collins, John P. Lowe, Mary F. Mahon, Rebecca C. Poulten, Michael K. Whittlesey

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Treatment of CuCl with 1 equiv of the in situ prepared N-mesityl- substituted diamidocarbene 6-MesDAC produced a mixture of the dimeric and trimeric copper complexes [(6-MesDAC)CuCl] (1) and [(6-MesDAC) (CuCl)] (2). Combining CuCl with isolated, free 6-MesDAC in 1:1 and 3:2 ratios gave just 1 and 2, respectively, while increasing the ratio to >5:1 allowed the isolation of small amounts of the tetrameric copper complex [(6-MesDAC)(CuCl)] (3). Efforts to bring about metathesis reactions of 1 with MOBu (M = Li, Na, K) proved successful only for M = Li to afford the spectroscopically characterized ate product [(6-MesDAC)CuCl·LiOBu·2THF] (5). Attempts to crystallize this species instead gave a 1:1 mixture of 1 and the monomer [(6-MesDAC)CuCl] (6). The X-ray structures of 1-3 and 1 + 6, along with the cation [Cu(6-MesDAC)] (4), have been determined.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2699-2707
Number of pages9
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number5
Early online date11 Feb 2014
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2014


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