Synthesis and structures of new binuclear zinc alkyl, aryl and aryloxo complexes

Yann Sarazin, Joseph A. Wright, Duncan A. J. Harding, Eddy Martin, Timothy J. Woodman, David L. Hughes, Manfred Bochmann

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The synthesis of a series of binuclear zinc complexes with Cl, N and O bridges is reported. The reaction of EtZnCl with B(C6F5)(3) in the presence of hexamethylbenzene affords the arene complex [Zn(mu-Cl)(C6F5)(eta-C6Me6)](2) in which the C6Me6 ligand may be regarded as eta(3)-bonded. The comproportionation of Zn[N(SiMe3)(2)](2) with ZnBu2t or Zn(C6F5)(2) toluene gave [(BuZn)-Zn-t{mu-N(SiMe3)(2)}](2) and [C6F5Zn{mu-N(SiMe3)(2)}](2), respectively, with three-coordinate zinc. The reaction of ZnEt2 with C6F5OH in the presence of pyridine gave [EtZn(mu-OC6F5)(py)](2), while ZnMe2 and C6F5OH followed by recrystallisation from THF gave [Zn(OC6F5)(mu-OC6F5)(THF)(2)](2) with five-coordinate zinc in a trigonal-bipyramidal geometry. The structures of these compounds have been determined. (C) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1494-1501
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Issue number8-9
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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