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Binuclear Zinc Complexes with Radical-Anionic Diimine Ligands

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posted on 13.07.2009 by Igor L. Fedushkin, Olga V. Eremenko, Alexandra A. Skatova, Alexander V. Piskunov, Georgi K. Fukin, Sergey Yu. Ketkov, Elisabeth Irran, Herbert Schumann
The reactions of (dpp-BIAN)Zn−Zn(dpp-BIAN) (1) with PhCCH and of [(dpp-BIAN)Zn(μ-I)]2 (2) with potassium hydride yield the binuclear complexes [(dpp-BIAN)Zn(μ-CCPh)]2 (3) and [(dpp-BIAN)Zn(μ-H)]2 (4), respectively (dpp-BIAN = 1,2-bis[(2,6-diisopropylphenyl)imino]acenaphthene). Complex 3 is also obtained by thermal dehydrogenation of [dpp-BIAN(H)]Zn(CCPh) (5), which in turn can be prepared by reacting ZnI2 with equimolar amounts of [dpp-BIAN(H)]Na and PhCCNa. The paramagnetic compounds 3 and 4 have been characterized by ESR spectroscopy; the diamagnetic complex 5, by 1H NMR spectroscopy. The molecular structures of 3 and 4 have been determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. The electronic structure of complex 4 has been examined by DFT.