Base-Free Iron Hydrosilylene Complexes via an α‑Hydride Migration that Induces Spin Pairing

2018-03-12T13:20:29Z (GMT) by Patrick W. Smith T. Don Tilley
Two new base-free hydrosilylene complexes of iron were synthesized using the novel starting material Cp*­(<sup><i>i</i></sup>Pr<sub>2</sub>MeP)­FeMes. These Cp*­(<sup><i>i</i></sup>Pr<sub>2</sub>MeP)­Fe­(H)­SiHR (R = DMP, Trip) complexes are in equilibrium with the corresponding iron silyl complexes, Cp*­(<sup><i>i</i></sup>Pr<sub>2</sub>MeP)­FeSiH<sub>2</sub>R, which can be trapped and characterized for R = Trip. Unlike the Ru analogues, the Fe silylene complex with R = DMP is observed to undergo an intramolecular CH activation involving formal addition of a benzylic CH bond across the FeSi bond. This increased activity for bond activations is also observed for reactions with hydrogen, where Fe reacts faster than a Ru analog to form the hydrogenation product, Cp*­(<sup><i>i</i></sup>Pr<sub>2</sub>MeP)­H<sub>2</sub>FeSiH<sub>2</sub>DMP.