Phosphorus Analogues of [Ni(bpy)2]: Synthesis and Application in Carbon–Halogen Bond Activation

Julia Leitl, Peter Coburger, Daniel Scott, Christoph Ziegler, Gabriele Hierlmeier, Robert Wolf, Nicolaas van Leest, Bas de Bruin, Gerald Hörner, Christian Müller

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The neutral, homoleptic pyridylphosphininenickel(0) complex [Ni(2-Py-4,6-Ph2-PC5H2)2] (1) has been obtained by reaction of the formal Ni(0) source [(IPr)Ni(H2C═CHSiMe3)2] with 2 equiv of 2-(2′-pyridyl)-4,6-diphenylphosphinine (L). Compound 1 can be oxidized both electrochemically and through the use of ferrocenium salts, to afford the corresponding Ni(I) complexes [1]BF4, [1(THF)]PF6, and [12](BArF4)2. The structures of these salts reveal an interesting dependence on the nature of the anion. While [1]BF4 and [1(THF)]PF6 show trigonal-bipyramidal coordination of Ni in the solid state, [12](BArF4)2 exists as a dinuclear Ni(I) complex and possesses a bridging phosphinine moiety in a rare μ2 mode. Reactions of 1 with halobenzenes highlight the noninnocent behavior of the aromatic phosphinine ligand, leading to the formation of oxidized Ni complexes but not to classical oxidative addition products. The reaction of 1 with bromobenzene affords the λ5 phosphinine 2 and the bipyramidal Ni(I) complex [1]Br, whereas a more unconventional oxidation product 3 is formed from the reaction of 1 and iodobenzene.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9951
Number of pages9961
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2020


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