Alkyl backbone variations in common β-diketiminate ligands and applications to N-heterocyclic silylene chemistry

Connor Bourne, Huanhuan Dong, Katharine McKain, Lena C. Mayer, Aidan McKay, David Bradford Cordes, Alexandra Martha Zoya Slawin, Andreas Stasch*

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Abstract

We report the extension of the common β-diketimine proligand class, RArnacnacH (HC(RCNAr)2H), where R is an alkyl group such as Et or iPr, plus Ph, and Ar is a sterically demanding aryl substituent such as Dip = 2,6-diispropylphenyl, Dep = 2,6-diethylphenyl, Mes = 2,4,6-trimethylphenyl or mesityl, Xyl = 2,6-dimethylphenyl, via one-pot condensation procedures. When a condensation reaction is carried out using the chemical dehydrating agent PPSE (polyphosphoric acid trimethylsilylester), β-diketiminate phosphorus(V) products such as (iPrMesnacnac)PO2 can also be obtained, which can be converted to the respective proligand iPrMesnacnacH via alkaline hydrolysis. The RArnacnacH proligands can be converted to their alkali metal complexes with common methods and we have found that deprotonation of iPrDipnacnacH is significantly more sluggish than of related β-diketimines with smaller backbone alkyl groups. The basicity of the RArnacnac- anions can play a role in the success of their salt metathesis chemistry and we have prepared and structurally characterised the EtDipnacnac-derived silicon(II) compounds (EtDipnacnac)SiBr and (EtDipnacnac’)Si, where EtDipnacnac’ is the deprotonated variant MeCHC(NDip)CHC(NDip)Et.
Original languageEnglish
JournalDalton Transactions
Publication statusPublished - 2024

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