Dearomatization and Functionalization of Terpyridine Ligands Leading to Unprecedented Zwitterionic Meisenheimer Aluminum Complexes and Their Use in Catalytic HydroborationHere, this paper reports the first example of dearomatization of ubiquitous terpyridine (tpy) ligands via 2'/6'-, 3'/5'-, or 4'-selective alkylation of the central pyridine ring. The reaction is mediated by the most abundant metal in the Earth’s crust, aluminum (Al), and depending on the conditions employed, exhibits ionic or radical character as suggested by experimental and computational analysis. In the latter case, intermediate formation of an AlIII complex supported by π-radical monoanionic ligand (tpy•) 1– is apparent. The 3'/5'-alkylation leads to unprecedented zwitterionic Meisenheimer Al III complexes, which were identified as efficient precatalysts for the selective hydroboration of C=O andmore »
Reactivity of cyclopentadienyl molybdenum compounds towards formic acid: Structural characterization of CpMo(PMe 3)(CO) 2H, CpMo(PMe 3) 2(CO)H, [CpMo(μ-O)(μ-O 2CH)] 2, and [Cp*Mo(μ-O)(μ-O 2CH)] 2Here, the molecular structures of CpMo(PMe 3)(CO) 2H and CpMo(PMe 3) 2(CO)H have been determined by X-ray diffraction, thereby revealing four-legged piano-stool structures in which the hydride ligand is trans to CO. However, in view of the different nature of the four basal ligands, the geometries of CpMo(PMe 3)(CO) 2H and CpMo(PMe 3) 2(CO)H deviate from that of an idealized four-legged piano stool, such that the two ligands that are orthogonal to the trans H–Mo–CO moiety are displaced towards the hydride ligand. While CpRMo(PMe 3) 3–x(CO) xH (Cp R = Cp, Cp*; x = 1, 2, 3) are catalysts formore »
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