Issue 2, 2017

Molecular titanium nitrides: nucleophiles unleashed


In this contribution we present reactivity studies of a rare example of a titanium salt, in the form of [μ2-K(OEt2)]2[(PN)2Ti[triple bond, length as m-dash]N]2 (1) (PN = N-(2-(diisopropylphosphino)-4-methylphenyl)-2,4,6-trimethylanilide) to produce a series of imide moieties including rare examples such as methylimido, borylimido, phosphonylimido, and a parent imido. For the latter, using various weak acids allowed us to narrow the pKa range of the NH group in (PN)2Ti[triple bond, length as m-dash]NH to be between 26–36. Complex 1 could be produced by a reductively promoted elimination of N2 from the azide precursor (PN)2TiN3, whereas reductive splitting of N2 could not be achieved using the complex (PN)2Ti[double bond, length as m-dash]N[double bond, length as m-dash]N[double bond, length as m-dash]Ti(PN)2 (2) and a strong reductant. Complete N-atom transfer reactions could also be observed when 1 was treated with ClC(O)tBu and OCCPh2 to form NCtBu and KNCCPh2, respectively, along with the terminal oxo complex (PN)2Ti[triple bond, length as m-dash]O, which was also characterized. A combination of solid state 15N NMR (MAS) and theoretical studies allowed us to understand the shielding effect of the counter cation in dimer 1, the monomer [K(18-crown-6)][(PN)2Ti[triple bond, length as m-dash]N], and the discrete salt [K(2,2,2-Kryptofix)][(PN)2Ti[triple bond, length as m-dash]N] as well as the origin of the highly downfield 15N NMR resonance when shifting from dimer to monomer to a terminal nitride (discrete salt). The upfield shift of 15Nnitride resonance in the 15N NMR spectrum was found to be linked to the K+ induced electronic structural change of the titanium-nitride functionality by using a combination of MO analysis and quantum chemical analysis of the corresponding shielding tensors.

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01 Aug 2016
19 Sep 2016
First published
22 Sep 2016
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Chem. Sci., 2017,8, 1209-1224

Molecular titanium nitrides: nucleophiles unleashed

L. N. Grant, B. Pinter, T. Kurogi, M. E. Carroll, G. Wu, B. C. Manor, P. J. Carroll and D. J. Mindiola, Chem. Sci., 2017, 8, 1209 DOI: 10.1039/C6SC03422E

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