Issue 48, 2022

Ring-opening of a thorium cyclopropenyl complex generates a transient thorium-bound carbene

Abstract

The reaction of [Cp3ThCl] with in situ generated 1-lithium-3,3-diphenylcyclopropene results in the formation of [Cp3Th(3,3-diphenylcyclopropenyl)] (1), in good yields. Thermolysis of 1 results in isomerization to the ring-opened product, [Cp3Th(3-phenyl-1H-inden-1-yl)] (3) via a hypothesized carbene intermediate. This transformation represents a new mode of reactivity of 3,3-diphenylcyclopropene with the actinides, improving our ability to use this reagent as a carbene source. A combined DFT and 13C{1H} NMR analysis of 1 shows a spin–orbit induced downfield shift at Cα due to participation of the 5f orbitals in the Th–C bond.

Graphical abstract: Ring-opening of a thorium cyclopropenyl complex generates a transient thorium-bound carbene

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Article information

Article type
Communication
Submitted
28 Mar 2022
Accepted
18 May 2022
First published
18 May 2022

Chem. Commun., 2022,58, 6805-6808

Ring-opening of a thorium cyclopropenyl complex generates a transient thorium-bound carbene

G. T. Kent, X. Yu, G. Wu, J. Autschbach and T. W. Hayton, Chem. Commun., 2022, 58, 6805 DOI: 10.1039/D2CC01780F

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