Lithium oligo-α-pyridylamides are useful intermediates in coordination chemistry. Upon trans-metalation they have afforded a variety of extended metal atom chains (EMACs), which are currently investigated as molecular wires and single-molecule magnets. However, structural information on this class of compounds is scarce. Two trilithium salts of a new, sterically encumbered oligo-α-pyridylamido ligand were isolated in crystalline form and structurally characterized in the solid state and in solution. Lithiation of N2-(trimethylsilyl)-N6-{6-[(trimethylsilyl)amino]pyridin-2-yl}pyridine-2,6-diamine (H3 L) with n-BuLi in thf yielded dimeric adduct [Li6 L2 (thf)6 ] (1), which was crystallized from n-hexane/thf as 1·C6 H14. Crystals of a tetra-thf solvate with formula [Li6 L2 (thf)4 ] (2) were also obtained. The compounds feature two twisted L3− ligands exhibiting a cis-cis conformation and whose five nitrogen donors are all engaged in metal coordination. The six Li+ ions per molecule display coordination numbers ranging from 3 to 5. Compound 1·C6 H14 was investigated by multin-uclear 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopy, including1 H DOSY experiments, which indicated retention of the dimeric structure in benzene-d6 solution. To the best of our knowledge, 1 and 2 are the longest-chain lithium oligo-α-pyridylamides structurally authenticated so far, thereby qualifying as appealing intermediates to access high-nuclearity EMACs by trans-metalation.

Structural Diversity of Lithium Oligo-α-Pyridylamides / Raza, A.; Mucci, A.; Nicolini, A.; Cornia, A.. - In: CHEMISTRY. - ISSN 2624-8549. - 4:2(2022), pp. 520-534. [10.3390/CHEMISTRY4020037]

Structural Diversity of Lithium Oligo-α-Pyridylamides

Mucci A.;Cornia A.
2022-01-01

Abstract

Lithium oligo-α-pyridylamides are useful intermediates in coordination chemistry. Upon trans-metalation they have afforded a variety of extended metal atom chains (EMACs), which are currently investigated as molecular wires and single-molecule magnets. However, structural information on this class of compounds is scarce. Two trilithium salts of a new, sterically encumbered oligo-α-pyridylamido ligand were isolated in crystalline form and structurally characterized in the solid state and in solution. Lithiation of N2-(trimethylsilyl)-N6-{6-[(trimethylsilyl)amino]pyridin-2-yl}pyridine-2,6-diamine (H3 L) with n-BuLi in thf yielded dimeric adduct [Li6 L2 (thf)6 ] (1), which was crystallized from n-hexane/thf as 1·C6 H14. Crystals of a tetra-thf solvate with formula [Li6 L2 (thf)4 ] (2) were also obtained. The compounds feature two twisted L3− ligands exhibiting a cis-cis conformation and whose five nitrogen donors are all engaged in metal coordination. The six Li+ ions per molecule display coordination numbers ranging from 3 to 5. Compound 1·C6 H14 was investigated by multin-uclear 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopy, including1 H DOSY experiments, which indicated retention of the dimeric structure in benzene-d6 solution. To the best of our knowledge, 1 and 2 are the longest-chain lithium oligo-α-pyridylamides structurally authenticated so far, thereby qualifying as appealing intermediates to access high-nuclearity EMACs by trans-metalation.
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Structural Diversity of Lithium Oligo-α-Pyridylamides / Raza, A.; Mucci, A.; Nicolini, A.; Cornia, A.. - In: CHEMISTRY. - ISSN 2624-8549. - 4:2(2022), pp. 520-534. [10.3390/CHEMISTRY4020037]
Raza, A.; Mucci, A.; Nicolini, A.; Cornia, A.
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