Uranium(IV) bis(amido), imido and bis(acetylide) complexes: Synthesis, molecular structure, solution dynamics and interconversion reactions

Thomas Straub, Walter Frank, Guido J. Reiss, Moris S. Eisen*

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Abstract

Reactions of [UMe2(C5Me5)2] with primary aromatic or aliphatic amines led to the rapid formation of monomeric uranium(IV) complexes [U(C5Me5)2(NHR)2] (R = 2,6-dimethylphenyl 1, Et 2 or But 3). The compounds were characterized by standard techniques and for 1, by X-ray diffraction. In co-ordinating solvents like tetrahydrofuran (thf) compound 1 reacted intramolecularly releasing one primary amine and forming the imidouranium(IV) [U(C5Me5)2{N(C6H3Me 2-2,6)}]·thf 4, whereas in non-co-ordinating solvents the base-free [U(C5Me5)2{N(C6H3Me 2-2,6)}] 5 was obtained. The thf in 4 was found not to be in equilibrium with bulk solvents, and different proton chemical shifts for the adducted base were observed as a function of temperature following a Curie-Weiss behaviour. σ-Bond metathesis reactions of the bis(amido) and/or imido complexes with terminal alkynes produced the bis(acetylide) complexes [U(C5Me5)2(C≡CR)2] (R = Ph 6 or But 7) active species for the regioselective oligomerization of terminal alkynes, which can be prepared also from the reaction of [UMe2(C5Me5)2] with 2 equivalents of the corresponding terminal alkyne. Reactivity studies show the possible interconversion among these bis(amido), imido and bis(acetylide) complexes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2541-2546
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society. Dalton Transactions
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - 21 Jun 1996
Externally publishedYes

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