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Donor-stabilised molecular Mg/Al-bimetallic hydrides

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Treatment of dimethylmagnesium with dimethylaluminum hydride in common ethereal solvents led to the bimetallic monomagnesium addition compounds [(do)xMg{(μ2-H)(AlMe3)}2] (do = thf, x = 4, do = Et2O, x = 3; do = dme, x = 2). Utilization of methyl tert-butyl ether (mtbe) resulted in alkyl/hydrido overexchange and formation of an 8-membered ring structure of composition [(mtbe)2Mg{(μ2-H)(AlMe3)(μ2-H)(μ2-H)(AlMe2)}]2. Salt metathesis of [(thf)4Mg{(μ2-H)(AlMe3)}2] with potassium 1,2,3,4,5-pentamethyl-cyclopentadienide (KCp*) gave [Cp*Mg{(μ2-H)(AlMe3)}(thf)2] featuring a rare isolable magnesium half-sandwich hydride complex. Furthermore, magnesium hydride-inherent reactivity was proven for [(thf)4Mg{(μ2-H)(AlMe3)}2] by the selective reduction of pyridine to 1,4-dihydropyridide (1,4-DHP) at ambient temperature and the hydromagnesiation of 1-hexene in the absence of any transition metal catalyst (low conversion).

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The article was received on 15 Aug 2018, accepted on 04 Oct 2018 and first published on 04 Oct 2018

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8DT03343A
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2018,47, 15173-15180

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    Donor-stabilised molecular Mg/Al-bimetallic hydrides

    C. Stuhl, M. M. Katzenmayer, C. Maichle-Mössmer and R. Anwander, Dalton Trans., 2018, 47, 15173
    DOI: 10.1039/C8DT03343A

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