Synthesis and crystal structure of new early-lanthanide organometallic clusters

Eyal Barnea, Claudia Averbuj, Moshe Kapon, Mark Botoshansky, Moris S. Eisen*

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Reaction of Cp*2NdCl·LiCl·2thf (1) with excess catecholborane affords the hexameric cluster (Cp*NdCl 2)6(LiCl)3-(thf)3 (2) bearing three types of bridging chloride ions. Heating the reaction mixture affords the tetrameric cluster [(Cp*NdCl2)4(μ4-Cl)] 2[LiO2][LiO2*Li2O*O 2] (3), which has the first crystal structure with the LiO 2+ motif. Reaction of complex 1 or the analogous Sm complex, 4, with pinacolborane affords clusters 5a (Nd) or 5b (Sm), respectively, a second type of hexameric cluster built from two CpNd 3Cl5(thf) units bonded by two μ2-Cl atoms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4535-4540
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Issue number28
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Bridging ligands
  • Lithium
  • Organolanthanide halide clusters


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