On the appearance of nitrite anion in [PdX(OAc)L2] and [Pd(X)(C^N)L] syntheses (X = OAc or NO2): photocrystallographic identification of metastable Pd(η1-ONO)(C^N)PPh3

Somia E. Bajwa, Thomas E. Storr, Lauren E. Hatcher, Thomas J. Williams, Christoph G. Baumann, Adrian C. Whitwood, David R. Allan, Simon J. Teat, Paul R. Raithby, Ian J. S. Fairlamb

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Pd3(OAc)5NO2, an impurity in “Pd(OAc)2” {formally Pd3(OAc)6}, emerges as a serious issue in the synthesis of pure PdII complexes derived from Pd(OAc)2, for example in our C–H activation precatalyst, Pd(OAc)2(pip)2 (pip = piperidine). A previous proposal that nitrite anion can be formed by oxidation of CH3CN by metallic Pd and air, leading to cyclo(ortho)palladated complexes containing nitrite anion, e.g. Pd(NO2)(C^N)L (C^N = papaverine; L = CH3CN or DMSO) can be explained by Pd3(OAc)5NO2 acting as the nitrite source. Finally, photocrystallographic metastable linkage isomerisation and complete conversion to an oxygen-bound nitrito complex Pd(η1-ONO)(C^N)PPh3 has been observed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1656-1661
Number of pages6
JournalChemical Science
Issue number5
Early online date23 Feb 2012
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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