Title: One ligand fits all: lanthanide and actinide sandwich complexes comprising the 1,4-bis(trimethylsilyl)cyclooctatetraenyl (=COT′′) ligand
Authors: RAUSCH JanekAPOSTOLIDIS ChristosWALTER OLAFLORENZ VolkerHRIB CristianHILFERT LianeKÜHLING MarcelBUSSE SabineEDELMANN Frank
Citation: NEW JOURNAL OF CHEMISTRY vol. 39 no. 10 p. 7656 - 7666
Publisher: ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC96196
ISSN: 1144-0546
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC96196
DOI: 10.1039/c5nj00991j
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The series of anionic lanthanide(III) sandwich complexes of the type [Ln(COT'')2]- (COT'' = 1,4-bis(trimethylsilyl)cyclooctatetraenyl dianion) has been largely extended by the synthesis of eight new derivatives ranging from lanthanum to lutetium. The new compounds [Li(DME)3][Ln(COT'')2] (Ln = Y (1), La (2), Pr (3), Gd (4), Tm (6), Lu (8)) and [Li(THF)4][Ln(COT'')2] (Ln = Ho (5), Tm (7)) were prepared in good yields following a straightforward synthetic protocol which involves treatment of LnCl3 with 2 equiv. of in situ-prepared Li2COT’’ in either DME (= 1,2-dimethoxyethane) or THF. The neutral actinide sandwich complexes An(COT'')2 (An = Th (9), U (10)) and An(COT''')2 (COT''' = 1,3,6-tris(trimethylsilyl)cyclooctatetraenyl dianion; An = Th (11), U (12)) were synthesized in a similar manner starting from ThCl4 or UCl4, respectively. The COT'' ligand imparts excellent solubility even in low-polar solvents as well as excellent crystallinity to all new compounds studied. All twelve new f-element sandwich complexes have been structurally authenticated by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. All are nearly perfect sandwich complexes with little deviation from the coplanar arrangement of the substituted COT'' rings. Surprisingly, all six [Li(DME)3][Ln(COT'')2] complexes covering the entire range of Ln3+ ionic radii from La3+ to Lu3+ are isostructural (space group P-1). Compound 10 is the first uranocene derivative for which 13NMR data are reported.
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