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Self-assembly of benzylcyclopentadienyl lithium

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Crystal structures of η5-coordinated polymers of cyclopentadienyl lithium (CpLi) derivatives are rare. Herein we describe the solid-state characterization of the base-free supersandwich of benzyl cyclopentadienyl lithium ([BnCp–Li]). The self-assembled polymer has the shortest mean Li–Cp (2.286 Å) and Li–Cpcentroid (1.948 Å) bond distances of known mono-substituted CpLi compounds.

Graphical abstract: Self-assembly of benzyl cyclopentadienyl lithium

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28 Mar 2012
30 Apr 2012
First published
01 May 2012

CrystEngComm, 2012,14, 6126-6128
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Self-assembly of benzyl cyclopentadienyl lithium

J. T. Foy, E. B. Wilkes and I. Aprahamian, CrystEngComm, 2012, 14, 6126
DOI: 10.1039/C2CE25447F

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