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Synthesis, molecular and electronic structure, and reactions of a Zn–Hg–Zn bonded complex

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Reaction of (Ar′NacNac)ZnI with potassium/mercury amalgam gave the trimetallic compound {(Ar′NacNac)Zn}2Hg (1) containing a Zn–Hg–Zn unit and the first example of a bond between two different Group 12 metals; DFT and QTAIM analyses suggest that 1 is best described as two formally Zn(I) atoms with a Hg(0) atom positioned between them; reactions of 1 with stoichiometric I2, FpI or Fp2 gave addition products of the type (Ar′NacNac)ZnX (X = I, Fp) and Hg. Ar′NacNac = HC{C(Me)N(2,6-C6H3iPr2)}2; Fp = CpFe(CO)2.

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The article was received on 22 Jan 2015, accepted on 17 Feb 2015 and first published on 17 Feb 2015


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC00637F
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Citation: Chem. Commun., 2015,51, 5743-5746
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    Synthesis, molecular and electronic structure, and reactions of a Zn–Hg–Zn bonded complex

    M. P. Blake, N. Kaltsoyannis and P. Mountford, Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 5743
    DOI: 10.1039/C5CC00637F

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