Soft Scorpionate anions as platforms for novel heterocycles

Rajeev Rajasekharan Nair, Annemarie Marckwordt, Samuel Lutta, Matthias Schwalbe, Anne Biernat, David Armstrong, Allan Watson, Alan Kennedy, John Reglinski, Mark Spicer

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Soft scorpionates have thus far been seen mainly as a family of ligands. Their chemistry is extended here to the production of novel cationic macrocycles using dihaloalkanes. By replacing the dihaloalkanes with mild oxidising agents (NO+, I2) we obtain two unique polycyclic heterocycles. The mechanism which leads to the formation of these polycyclic heterocycles is investigated using ab-initio DFT calculations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13561-13568
Number of pages8
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number40
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • soft scorpionates
  • ligands
  • heterocycles


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