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Isolation of a Hexanuclear Chromium Cluster with a Tetrahedral Hydridic Core and Its Catalytic Behavior for Ethylene Oligomerization

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posted on 16.06.2014, 00:00 by Ahmed Alzamly, Sandro Gambarotta, Ilia Korobkov, Muralee Murugesu, Jennifer J. H. Le Roy, Peter H.M. Budzelaar
A chromium complex [2-(NHCH2PPh2)­C5H4N]­CrCl3·THF2 (1) of the ligand PyNHCH2PPh2 has been synthesized, characterized, and examined for its catalytic behavior toward ethylene oligomerization. When complex 1 was treated with (i-Bu)3Al, an unprecedented divalent polyhydride chromium cluster μ,κ123-N,N,P-{[2-(NCH2PPh2)­C5H4N]­Cr­(μ-H)}4­[(μ-Cl)­Cr­(μ-Cl)­Al­(i-Bu)2Cl]2 (2) was obtained. The complex contains a Cr4H4 core, which is expected to be diamagnetic, and which remains coordinated to two additional divalent high-spin Cr atoms via bridging interactions. Two aluminate residues remain bonded to the peripheral chromium atoms. The structure, magnetism, and electronic configuration are herein discussed.