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Ruthenium Trispyrazolylborate Complexes. 18. Aminocarbene Ruthenium Complexes Derived from Terminal Alkynes and 2-Aminopyridines

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posted on 2002-10-11, 00:00 authored by Eva Rüba, Alexandra Hummel, Kurt Mereiter, Roland Schmid, Karl Kirchner
The reactions of RuTp(COD)Cl with the bidentate ligands 2-aminopyridine (apy), 2-amino-4-picoline (apic), and 2-(methylamino)pyridine (mapy) in the presence of terminal alkynes HC⋮CR (R = Ph, n-Bu, C6H9) afford the cyclic aminocarbene complexes RuTp(CCH2R-apy)Cl, RuTp(CCH2R-apic)Cl, and RuTp(CCH2R-mapy)Cl. This reaction proceeds most likely via the intermediacy of both a reactive RuTp complex containing a strained, and thus labile, κ2-N,N-coordinated aminopyridine ligand and a vinylidene intermediate. As side products, except for mapy, the dimeric complexes [RuTp(μ-apy)Cl]2 and [RuTp(μ-apic)Cl]2, featuring bridging aminopyridine ligands, were isolated. Representative complexes were characterized by X-ray crystallography.