Transmetalation of chromocene by lithium-amide, -phosphide, and -arsenide nucleophiles

Sabine Scheuermayer, Floriana Tuna, Eufemio Moreno Pineda, Michael Bodensteiner, Manfred Scheer, Richard A. Layfield

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    The pnictogen-centered nucleophiles LiE(SiMe3)2 (E = N, P, or As) substitute a cyclopentadienide ligand of chromocene (Cp 2Cr), with elimination of lithium cyclopentadienide, to give the series of pnictogen-bridged compounds [(μ:η2: η5-Cp)Cr{μ-N(SiMe3)2}2Li] (1) and [(η5-Cp)Cr{μ-E(SiMe3)2}] 2, with E = P (2) or E = As (3). Whereas 1 is a heterobimetallic coordination polymer, 2 and 3 are homometallic dimers, with the differences being due to a structure-directing influence of the hard or soft character of the bridging group 15 atoms. For compound 1, the experimental magnetic susceptibility data were accurately reproduced by a single-ion model based on high-spin chromium(II) (S = 2), which gave a g-value of 1.93 and an axial zero-field splitting parameter of D = -1.83 cm-1. Determinations of phosphorus- and arsenic-mediated magnetic exchange coupling constants, J, are rare: in the dimers 2 and 3, variable-temperature magnetic susceptibility measurements identified strong antiferromagnetic exchange between the chromium(II) centers, which was modeled using the spin Hamiltonian H = -2J(SCrA·SCrB), and produced large coupling constants of J = -166 cm-1 for 2 and -77.5 cm-1 for 3. © 2013 American Chemical Society.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3878-3883
    Number of pages5
    JournalInorganic Chemistry: including bioinorganic chemistry
    Issue number7
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2013


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