A resorcinarene-based tetrabenzoimidazolylidene complex of rhodium
A tetrabenzoimidazolium-resorcinarene cavitand was used for the preparation of a tetra-benzoimidazolylidene of rhodium, which is unprecedented in the field of poly-NHC metal complexes. Both, the experimental and computational analysis of the molecule reveal a distorted vase conformation as the most stable one, although several non-interconverting conformational isomers due to the restricted rotation about the Rh-C(carbene) bond coexist in the product. There is a fluxional behaviour involving the vase-kite interconversion. The main interactions between the arms of the cavitand are mostly concentrated on the terminal organometallic fragments attached to the NHC, along with those between -CH3 and N-heterocyclic carbene ring from benzoimidazoles.