Unusual Iron(II) and Cobalt(II) Complexes Derived from Monodentate Arylamido Ligands#

The coordination chemistry of the N-substituted arylamido ligands [N(R)(C6H3R‘2-2,6)] [R = SiMe3, R‘ = Me (L1); R = CH2But, R‘ = Pri (L2)] toward FeII and CoII ions was studied. The monoamido complexes [M(L1)(Cl)(tmeda)] [M = Fe (1), Co (2)] react readily with MeLi, affording the mononuclear, paramagnetic iron(II) and cobalt(II) methyl−arylamido complexes [M(L1)(Me)(tmeda)] [M = Fe (3), Co (4)]. Treatment of 2:1 [Li(L2)(THF)2]/FeCl2 affords the unusual two-coordinate iron(II) bis(arylamide) [Fe(L2)2] (5).