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Synthesis and Characterization of a 1,3-Phenylene-Bridged N‑Alkyl Bis(benzimidazole) CCC-NHC Pincer Ligand Precursor: Homobimetallic Silver and Rhodium Complexes and the Catalytic Hydrosilylation of Phenylacetylene

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posted on 2016-02-20, 01:47 authored by Aron J. Huckaba, T. Keith Hollis, Tyler O. Howell, Henry U. Valle, Yunshan Wu
A new CCC-NHC pincer ligand precursor architecture based on 1,3-bis­(N-alkylbenzimidazole)­benzene has been synthesized and metalated using Ag2O, forming a homobimetallic Ag complex with a metal to ligand ratio of 1:1. The Ag complex was treated with either [Rh­(COD)­Cl]2 or Rh­(COD)2OTf and NBu4I to yield a homobimetallic Rh complex by transmetalation. The Rh complexes were characterized, and an X-ray structure is reported. Their catalytic activity in the hydrosilylation of phenylacetylene is reported.

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