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Ag(I) and Tl(I) Precursors as Transfer Agents of a Pyrrole-Based Pincer Ligand to Late Transition Metals

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posted on 01.12.2014, 00:00 by Julie A. Kessler, Vlad M. Iluc
A PNP ligand, PNpyrP ((PNpyrP)H = 2,5-bis­((di-iso-propylphosphino)­methyl)­pyrrole), which employs a pyrrole unit as a central anionic nitrogen donor, was designed. The corresponding group 10 metal chlorides as well as iridium and ruthenium compounds were isolated. In order to conduct this work, [(PNpyrP)­Tl] and [(PNpyrP)­Ag]2 were synthesized and characterized. The thallium and silver species were paramount in the formation of the iridium and ruthenium complexes, which could not be isolated using (PNpyrP)H or the corresponding lithium pyrrolide salt. Interestingly, the solid state molecular structure of [(PNpyrP)­Tl] indicates that the metal center engages in an η2 intermolecular interaction with the backbone of a neighboring pyrrole molecule instead of the expected bonding to the phosphine arms.