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Metalation behavior of a bis-saturated NHC ligand with a flexible m-xylyl linker

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Abstract

Saturated N-heterocyclic carbenes have unique ligand properties that differ even from their unsaturated analogs. While the unsaturated version has been extensively used in multidentate ligand scaffolds, the incorporation of the saturated version is less common. Here we report the straightforward synthesis of a new bis-saturated N-heterocyclic carbene ligand wherein the carbene moieties are linked by a flexible meta-xylyl unit. Carbene metal complexes of the proligand can be generated by direct metalation, transmetallation or base assisted metalation all of which lead to monodentate coordination modes of silver or iridium. Attempts at direct metalation using zirconium tetrakis-dimethylamide did not lead to complex formation but to the chloroform adduct or amide addition product. As yet, a method to generate pincer complexes from this ligand has not been found. The flexible nature of the xylyl linker as well as the higher σ-bacisity and π-acidity are postulated to contribute to these results.

Graphical abstract: Metalation behavior of a bis-saturated NHC ligand with a flexible m-xylyl linker

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The article was received on 19 Oct 2018, accepted on 20 Nov 2018 and first published on 21 Nov 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8DT04181D
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2018,47, 17382-17391
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    Metalation behavior of a bis-saturated NHC ligand with a flexible m-xylyl linker

    M. Quezada-Miriel, J. R. Ochoa-Sanfelice, S. Mendoza-Tellez, D. Martinez-Otero and M. Asay, Dalton Trans., 2018, 47, 17382
    DOI: 10.1039/C8DT04181D

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