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Dalton Trans. 2005 Jun 7;(11):1952-6. Epub 2005 Apr 29.

Organoaluminium complexes incorporating an amido phosphine chelate with a pendant amine arm.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry and Center for Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung 80424, Taiwan.


The palladium-catalyzed aryl amination of 1-bromo-2-fluorobenzene with N,N-dimethylethylenediamine quantitatively produces N-(dimethylaminoethyl)-2-fluoroaniline, which subsequently reacts with KPPh2 in 1,4-dioxane to afford N-(dimethylaminoethyl)-2-diphenylphosphinoaniline (H[PNN]). The reactions of trialkylaluminium with H[PNN] in toluene generate the corresponding aluminium dialkyl complexes [PNN]AlR2 (R = Me, Et, i-Bu). The solution NMR spectroscopic and X-ray crystallographic studies are indicative of a trigonal bipyramidal geometry for these aluminium complexes in which the amino nitrogen atom is trans to the phosphorus donor of the [PNN]- ligand. This study presents rare examples of structurally characterized, five-coordinate aluminium hydrocarbyl complexes supported by phosphine-derived ligands.

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