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Remarkable Room-Temperature Insertion of Carbon Monoxide into an Aluminum−Carbon Bond of Tri-tert-butylaluminum

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posted on 2004-09-29, 00:00 authored by Mark R. Mason, Bingxu Song, Kristin Kirschbaum
Room-temperature reaction of carbon monoxide with tri-tert-butylaluminum at atmospheric pressure yields the dimeric tert-butylacyl complex [tBu2AlC(O)tBu]2 (1). This unprecedented CO insertion into an aluminum−carbon bond is apparently made possible by the three-coordinate aluminum center in the tri-tert-butylaluminum starting material.