Synthesis of Coordinatively Unsaturated Tetravalent Actinide Complexes with η5 Coordination of Pyrrole

Rami J. Batrice, Natalia Fridman, Moris S. Eisen*

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The synthesis of new actinide complexes utilizing bridged α-alkyl-pyrrolyl ligands is presented. Lithiation of the ligands followed by treatment with 1 equiv of actinide tetrachloride (uranium or thorium) produces the desired complex in good yield. X-ray diffraction studies reveal unique η55 coordination of the pyrrolyl moieties; when the nonsterically demanding methylated ligand is used, rapid addition of the lithiated ligand solution to the metal precursor forms a bis-ligated complex that reveals η51 coordination as determined by crystallographic analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2998-3006
Number of pages9
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number6
StatePublished - 21 Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes


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