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Towards the synthesis of guanidinate- and amidinate-bridged dimers of Mn and Ni

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Stokes, FA 
Kloo, L 
Harford, PJ 
Peel, AJ 
Less, RJ 


jats:pReactions of Cp2M (Cp = cyclopentadienyl, M = Mn, Ni) with lithium amidinates and guanidinates are reported. The highly oxophilic nature of Mn leads to the isolation of the interstitial oxide Mn4O(MeN···CH···NMe)6 (4) in preference to the intended paddle-wheel homodimer Mn2(MeN···CH···NMe)4 when employing the sterically uncongested amidinate [MeN···CH···NMe]– ligand. In contrast, an analogous reaction using Cp2Ni yielded Ni2(MeN···CH···NMe)4 (5). The use of monoprotic guanidinate ligands also gave contrasting results for Mn and Ni. In the first case, the highly unusual spirocycle Mn{μ-NC(NMe2)2}4Li2·3THF (6) was produced in low yield. For M = Ni, use of the [hpp]– (1,3,4,6,7,8-hexahydro-2H-pyrimido[1,2-a]pyrimidinate) ligand gives results comparable with the synthesis of 5, with Ni2(hpp)4 (7) isolated. In contrast to recent data obtained using Cp2Cr, the guanidinate ligands do not sequester coformed CpLi. Density functional theory analysis corroborates the view that the intermetal distance in each of the reported dinickel paddle-wheel complexes (2.4846(8) and 2.3753(5) Å in 5 and 7 respectively) is defined by the geometric parameters of the bidentate ligands and that intermetal bonding is not present.</jats:p>



3402 Inorganic Chemistry, 34 Chemical Sciences

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Australian Journal of Chemistry

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CSIRO Publishing
This work was supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council [grant number EP/P504856/1] and the Leverhulme Trust.