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Reaction of M(II) Diaryls (M = Mn or Fe) with Ammonia to Afford Parent Amido Complexes

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posted on 2010-04-26, 00:00 authored by Chengbao Ni, Hao Lei, Philip P. Power
The reaction of the two-coordinate diaryls MAr′2 (M = Mn or Fe; Ar′ = C6H3-2,6-(C6H3-2,6-iPr2)2) with excess NH3 below room temperature afforded the parent amido complexes {Ar′Mn(μ-NH2)(NH3)}2 (1) and {Ar′Fe(μ-NH2)}2 (2) in good yields. The reactions were accompanied by elimination of the arene Ar′H. Both complexes were obtained as dimers in which the metals are bridged by two NH2 ligands. The complex 1 also includes an ammonia (NH3) ligand bound to each manganese. Ammonia complexation did not occur in 2, and the metals remained three-coordinate. The metal electron configurations are high-spin and antiferromagnetically coupled.