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Oxygen-Induced Dimerization of Alkyl-Manganese(II) 2,6-Bisiminopyridine Complexes: Selective Synthesis of a New Ditopic NNN-Pincer Ligand

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posted on 22.09.2016, 19:18 by John J. Sandoval, Cristóbal Melero, Pilar Palma, Eleuterio Álvarez, Antonio Rodríguez-Delgado, Juan Cámpora
The outcome of the reaction of manganese­(II) dialkyls with 2,6-bisiminopyridine (BIP) ligands is dramatically altered by the presence of very small amounts of oxygen (<0.5 mol %), leading to binuclear species. These arise from the dimerization of the initial product, a Mn­(II) 4-alkyl-2,6-bisimino-dihydropyridinate alkyl complex. Cleavage of the binuclear Mn products with methanol affords the free dimeric bases, which can be regarded as a special type of ditopic NNN pincer ligand with an unusual tricyclic framework. The coordinative ability of the new ligands has been probed with the syntheses of Zn and Pd organometallic derivatives.