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Titanoxycarbene complexes of Ti(iv) with O- and N-donor ligands

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Heterobimetallic complexes of the general formula [{(OC)5M[double bond, length as m-dash]C(Me)OTi(OiPr)2}(µ-OiPr)]2 with M = Cr (1), W (2) were synthesized by reacting (OC)5M[double bond, length as m-dash]C(Me)OLi (M = Cr, W) with ClTi(OiPr)3. X-Ray crystallography revealed dimeric molecular structures based on four-membered Ti2O2-rings for both compounds. Most intriguingly crystals of 1 virtually “shattered” upon cooling below −60 °C. Treatment of 1 and 2 with an excess of pyridine did not effect symmetric cleavage of the dimers, but afforded the unique rearrangement products [(OC)5M[double bond, length as m-dash]C(Me)O]2Ti(OiPr)2(C5H5N)2 with M = Cr (3) and W (4). The isomorphous structures, determined by means of X-ray diffraction, are only the second examples of an unrestrained titanium center coordinated by four OR and two N-donor ligands. Complexes 3 and 4 were also accessible from Cl2Ti(OiPr)2(C5H5N)2 (5) and (OC)5M[double bond, length as m-dash]C(Me)OLi. Owing to the inherent dynamic behaviour of all complexes, low-temperature NMR studies were undertaken. The formation of nanoparticles upon thermolysis of complex 2 lends support to the notion that the presented (or related) compounds could be useful as single source precursors for nano-sized mixed metal oxides or oxo nitrides.

Graphical abstract: Titanoxycarbene complexes of Ti(iv) with O- and N-donor ligands

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The article was received on 01 Oct 2007, accepted on 11 Dec 2007 and first published on 08 Jan 2008

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B715075J
New J. Chem., 2008,32, 540-546

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    Titanoxycarbene complexes of Ti(IV) with O- and N-donor ligands

    S. D. Nogai, O. Schuster, J. Bruce and H. G. Raubenheimer, New J. Chem., 2008, 32, 540
    DOI: 10.1039/B715075J

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