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J Am Chem Soc. 2009 May 20;131(19):6689-91. doi: 10.1021/ja901460y.

Characterization of beta-B-agostic isomers in zirconocene amidoborane complexes.

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Department of Chemistry, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4 Canada.


The reaction of Cp(x)(2)ZrCl(2) (Cp(x) = Cp, Cp*) with ammonia borane in presence of n-butyllithium yielded Cp(2)Zr(Cl)NH(2)BH(3) and Cp(x)(2)Zr(H)NH(2)BH(3). These derivatives are isoelectronic with the ethyl zirconocene chloride and hydride, respectively, and feature a chelating amidoborane ligand coordinating through a Zr-N bond and a Zr-H-B bridge. In solution, each of the complexes consists of an equilibrium mixture of two isomers differing in the orientation of the amidoborane ligand with respect to the Zr-X bond (X = H, Cl), while in the solid state, only one isomer was observed. Such isomers have not been characterized for any metal complexes containing the isoelectronic beta-agostic ethyl ligand or any other agostic alkyl group.

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