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Synthesis of a diniobium tetraphosphorus complex by a 2(3−1) process

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Dimer [P2Nb(ODipp)3]2 (Dipp = 2,6-iPr2C6H3) has been obtained via a novel “2(3−1)” synthetic strategy. The mononuclear diphosphorus complex P2Nb(ODipp)3 targeted for generation by formal P abstraction from previously reported [Na(THF)3][P3Nb(ODipp)3] ostensibly undergoes irreversible dimerization to form the [P2Nb(ODipp)3]2 complex, and is alternatively trapped reversibly by 1,3-cyclohexadiene with in situ formation of C6H8P2Nb(ODipp)3. The molecular structure of [P2Nb(ODipp)3]2 has been determined by X-ray crystallography. Computational studies provide further insights into the bonding and reactivity of P2Nb(ODipp)3, [P2Nb(ODipp)3]2, and C6H8P2Nb(ODipp)3.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis of a diniobium tetraphosphorus complex by a 2(3−1) process

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The article was received on 16 Nov 2011, accepted on 18 Jan 2012 and first published on 20 Jan 2012


Article type: Edge Article
DOI: 10.1039/C2SC00931E
Citation: Chem. Sci., 2012,3, 1003-1006
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    Synthesis of a diniobium tetraphosphorus complex by a 2(3−1) process

    A. Velian and C. C. Cummins, Chem. Sci., 2012, 3, 1003
    DOI: 10.1039/C2SC00931E

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