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Coordination of 1,4-Diazabutadiene Ligands to Decamethylytterbocene:  Additional Examples of Spin Coupling in Ytterbocene Complexes

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posted on 03.04.2020, 17:14 by Marc D. Walter, David J. Berg, Richard A. Andersen
The paramagnetic 1:1 coordination complexes of (C5Me5)2Yb with a series of diazabutadiene ligands, RNC(R‘)C(R‘)NR, where R = CMe3, CHMe2, adamantyl, p-tolyl, p-anisyl, mesityl when R‘ = H and R = p-anisyl when R‘ = Me, have been prepared. The complexes are paramagnetic, but their magnetic moments are less than expected for the two uncoupled spin carriers, (C5Me5)2YbIII(4f13) and the diazabutadiene radical anions (S = 1/2), which implies exchange coupling between the spins. The variable-temperature 1H NMR spectra show that rotation about the R−N bond is hindered and these barriers are estimated. The barriers are largely determined by steric effects, but electronic effects are not unimportant.