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Dalton Trans. 2008 Oct 7;(37):5016-24. doi: 10.1039/b804914a. Epub 2008 Jul 23.

Synthesis, characterization and reactivity of heteroleptic rare earth metal bis(phenolate) complexes.

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Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Dushu Lake Campus, Suzhou University, Suzhou, 215123, PR China.

Abstract

The synthesis, characterization and reactivity of heteroleptic rare earth metal complexes supported by the carbon-bridged bis(phenolate) ligand 2,2'-methylene-bis(6-tert-butyl-4-methyl-phenoxo) (MBMP2-) are described. Reaction of (C5H5)3Ln(THF) with MBMPH2 in a 1:1.5 molar ratio in THF at 50 degrees C produced the heteroleptic rare earth metal bis(phenolate) complexes (C5H5)Ln(MBMP)(THF)n (Ln=La, n=3 (); Ln=Yb (), Y (), n=2) in nearly quantitative yields. The residual C5H5- groups in complexes to can be substituted by the bridged bis(phenolate) ligands at elevated temperature to give the neutral rare earth metal bis(phenolate) complexes, and the ionic radii have a profound effect on the structures of the final products. Complex reacted with MBMPH2 in a 1:0.5 molar ratio in toluene at 80 degrees C to produce a dinuclear complex (MBMP)La(THF)(micro-MBMP)2La(THF)2 () in good isolated yield; whereas complexes and reacted with MBMPH2 under the same conditions to give (MBMP)Ln(MBMPH)(THF)2 (Ln=Yb (), Y ()) as the final products, in which one hydroxyl group of the phenol is coordinated to the rare earth metal in a neutral fashion. The reactivity of complexes and with some metal alkyls was explored. Reaction of complex with 1 equiv. of AlEt3 in toluene at room temperature afforded unexpected ligand redistributed products, and a discrete ion pair ytterbium complex [(MBMP)Yb(THF)2(DME)][(MBMP)2Yb(THF)2] () was isolated in moderate yield. Furthermore, reaction of complex with 1 equiv. of ZnEt2 in toluene gave a ligand redistributed complex [(micro-MBMP)Zn(THF)]2 () in reasonable isolated yield. Similar reaction of complex with ZnEt2 also afforded complex ; whereas the reaction of complex with 1 equiv. of n-BuLi in THF afforded the heterodimetallic complex [(THF)Yb(MBMP)2Li(THF)2] (). All of these complexes were well characterized by elemental analyses, IR spectra, and single-crystal structure determination, in the cases of complexes , and -.

PMID:
18802614
DOI:
10.1039/b804914a
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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