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Half- and Mixed-Sandwich Uranium Permethylpentalene Compounds

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posted on 28.07.2014, 00:00 by F. Mark Chadwick, Dermot M. O’Hare
The synthesis and characterization of a series of U­(IV) permethylpentalene complexes has been enabled by the development of an effective synthesis of the new Pn*U synthon [Pn*U­(μ-Cl)4]­[Li­(TMEDA)]2, which has allowed access to a set of half-sandwich Pn*U complexes. The compounds have been characterized via variable-temperature NMR and in some cases by structural analysis. The temperature dependence of the NMR solution spectra show a complex interplay between fluxional ligand dynamics and the effects of a paramagnetic f2 uranium center.