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Title: Mono- and bimetallic pentacoordinate silicon complexes of a chelating bis(catecholimine) ligand
Schiff base condensation of 4,5-diamino-9,9-dimethylxanthene with 4,6-di- tert -butylcatechol-3-carboxaldehyde affords the bis(catecholimine) ligand XbicH 4 , which can bind metals in both a square bis(catecholate) upper pocket and a pentagonal N 2 O 3 lower pocket. Metalation with PhSiCl 3 results in [(XbicH 2 )SiPh][HCl 2 ], where the silicon adopts a five-coordinate, square pyramidal geometry in the upper pocket and the lower pocket binds to two protons on the imine nitrogens. Deprotonation of the imines with LiO t Bu, NaN[SiMe 3 ] 2 , or AgOAc results in binding of the univalent metal ion in the lower pocket, where it adopts an unusual pentagonal monopyramidal geometry in the solid state. The complexes show irreversible electrochemistry, with oxidations taking place at relatively high potentials.  more » « less
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Dalton Transactions
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11565 to 11574
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National Science Foundation
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