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Dalton transactions (Cambridge, England : 2003)

Structural elucidation of homometallic anthracenolates synthesised via deprotonative metallation of anthrone.


PMID 23212388

Abstract

Five novel neutral homometallic complexes which contain the anthracen-9-olate anion have been prepared and characterised by treating anthrone with an organometallic base to induce aromatisation. Three of these complexes [(donor)·M(OC(14)H(9))](2) (2-4) are dimeric and contain sodium, lithium and potassium respectively. For 2 and 3 the donor is N,N,N',N'-tetramethylethylenediamine (TMEDA) whilst for 4 it is N,N,N',N'',N''-pentamethyldiethylenetriamine (PMDETA). When bimetallic reagents such as [(TMEDA)·Na(μ-(t)Bu)(μ-TMP)Zn((t)Bu)] are employed, only the alkali-metal-containing species is isolated (e.g., 2 in this case). Providing a contrast, complexes 5 [(TMEDA)·Mg(OC(14)H(9))(n)Bu] and 6 [(TMEDA)·Zn(OC(14)H(9))Et] are monomeric. The alkali metal complexes were prepared by reacting anthrone with one molar equivalent of either n-butylsodium, n-butyllithium or (trimethylsilyl)methylpotassium in the presence of the required donor solvent. For 5 and 6, equimolar quantities of di-n-butylmagnesium and diethylzinc, respectively, were reacted with anthrone in the presence of TMEDA. The solid-state structures and the arene solution structures of 2-6 have been determined by X-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy respectively.

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