A diamidinatogermylene as a Z-type ligand in a nickel(0) complex†
The reaction of the phosphine functionalized chlorogermylene 1 with Ni(COD)2 (COD = 1,5-cyclooctadiene) afforded the bis-chlorogermylene ligated nickel(0) complex 2 in high yield. The dechlorination reaction of 2 with elemental potassium serendipitously yielded the diamidinatogermylene nickel(0) complex 3. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis reveals that the germanium center in 3 features a pyramidalized geometry, suggesting the germylene moiety in 3 acts as a Z-type ligand, which is further supported by theoretical calculations. Complex 3 represents the first example bearing a Z-type diaminogermylene ligand.