Reactivity of [HC{(C(Me)N(Dipp))}2Ca{N(SiMe3) 2}(THF)] (Dipp = C6H3iPr 2-2,6) with C-H acids: Synthesis of heteroleptic calcium η5-organometallics

Anthony G. Avent, Mark R. Crimmin, Michael S. Hill, Peter B. Hitchcock

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A series of heteroleptic calcium η5-C5R 5 cyclopentadienides supported by an N-Dipp (Dipp = 2,6- iPr2C6H3)-substituted β-diketiminate ligand have been synthesised by selective protonolysis of the readily available reagent [HC{(C(Me)N(Dipp))}2Ca{N(SiMe 3)2}(THF)] with tetramethylcyclopentadiene, fluorene, indene or cyclopentadiene. No reaction was observed with pentamethylcyclopentadiene, presumably for steric reasons. The tetramethylcyclopentadienyl, fluorenyl and indenyl compounds were characterised by variable temperature 1H NMR and X-ray crystallography. Each complex was found to exist as a mononuclear species both in solution and in the solid state and to be highly sterically crowded, as evidenced by the variable temperature NMR studies. DFT (B3LYP/LANL2DZ) calculations on the model complexes [CaH(C5Me4H)], [CaH(C13H9)] and [CaH(C9H7)] indicate that the precise structures of such heteroleptic compounds are a result of both stereoelectronic and steric influences. Attempts to isolate the unsubstituted cyclopentadienyl were unsuccessful, but resulted in the crystallographic analysis of the dimeric calcium siloxide [HC{(C(Me)N(Dipp))}2Ca(μ-OSiMe3)] 2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1242-1250
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2006


  • Calcium
  • Cyclopentadienides
  • Structural characterisation
  • Synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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