Structure and bonding in reduced boron and aluminium complexes with formazanate ligands

Mondol, R. & Otten, E., 16-Aug-2019, In : Dalton Transactions. 48, 37, p. 13981-13988

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Group 13 complexes of the type [(PhNNC(p-tol)NNPh)ZPh2]2- (Z = B, Al) containing a highly reduced, trianionic formazanate-derived ligand were studied and the differences in the structure, bonding and reactivity between the B and Al compounds were investigated. The increased ionic character in the bonding of the Al complex is evident from the enhanced charge delocalization onto the peripheral ligand substituents (N-Ph) via the π-framework, as shown by the rotation barrier around the N-C(Ph) bond. The electron-rich nature of these compounds allows facile benzylation at the ligand, and the structures of the products were analysed by X-ray crystallography. The products are inorganic analogues of 1-alkylated 1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-1,2,4,5-tetrazines ('leucoverdazyls'). The six-membered heterocyclic cores of the B and Al compounds are shown to be different, having envelope- and boat-type conformations, respectively. Homolysis of the N-C(benzyl) bond in these compounds was studied by NMR spectroscopy under conditions that trap the organic radical as TEMPO-Bn. Analysis of the reaction kinetics affords activation parameters that approximate the N-C(benzyl) bond strength. The ionic Al compound has one of the weakest N-C bonds reported so far in this type of inorganic leucoverdazyl analogues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13981-13988
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number37
Early online date25-Jul-2019
Publication statusPublished - 16-Aug-2019

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