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Thermal decomposition of mono- and bimetallic magnesium amidoborane complexes.
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PMID:  20564288     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
Complexes of the type [(DIPPnacnac)MgNH(R)BH(3)] have been prepared (DIPPnacnac=CH{(CMe)(2,6-iPr(2)C(6)H(3)N)}(2)). The following substituents R have been used: H, Me, iPr, DIPP (DIPP=2,6-diisopropylphenyl). Complexes [(DIPPnac- nac)MgNH(2)BH(3)].THF, [{(DIPPnac- nac)MgNH(iPr)BH(3)}(2)] and [(DIPPnacnac)MgNH(DIPP)BH(3)] were structurally characterised. The Mg amidoborane complexes decompose at a significantly higher temperature (90-110 degrees C) than the corresponding Ca amidoborane complexes (20-110 degrees C). The complexes with the smaller R substituents (H, Me) gave a mixture of decomposition products of which one could be structurally characterised as [{(DIPPnacnac)Mg}(2)(H(3)B-NMe-BH-NMe)].THF. [{(DIPP- nacnac)MgNH(iPr)BH(3)}(2)] cleanly decomposed to [(DIPPnacnac)MgH], which was characterised as a dimeric THF adduct. The amidoborane complex with the larger DIPP-substituent decomposed into a borylamide complex [(DIPPnacnac)MgN(DIPP)BH(2)], which was structurally characterised as its THF adduct. Bimetallic Mg amidoborane complexes decompose at lower temperatures (60-90 degrees C) and show a different decomposition pathway. The dinuclear Mg amidoborane complexes presented here are based on DIPPnacnac units that are either directly coupled through N-N bonding (abbreviated NN) or through a 2,6-pyridylene bridge (abbreviated PYR). Crystal structures of [PYR-{Mg(nBu)}(2)], [PYR-{MgNH(iPr)BH(3)}(2)], [NN-{MgNH(iPr)BH(3)}(2)]THF and the decomposition products [PYR-Mg(2)(iPrN-BH-iPrN-BH(3))] and [NN-Mg(2)(iPrN-BH-iPrN-BH(3))].THF are presented. The following conclusions can be drawn from these studies: i) The first step in the decomposition of a metal amidoborane complex is beta-hydride elimination, which results in formation of a metal hydride complex and R(H)N=BH(2), ii) depending on the nature of the metal, the metal hydride is either stable and can be isolated or it reacts further, iii) amidoborane anions with small R substituents decompose into the dianionic species (RN-BH-RN-BH(3))(2-), whereas large substituents result in formation of the borylamide RN==BH(2)(-) and iv) enforced proximity of two Mg amidoborane units results in decomposition at a significantly lower temperature and cleanly follows the BNBN pathway.
Jan Spielmann; Dirk F-J Piesik; Sjoerd Harder
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Chemistry (Weinheim an der Bergstrasse, Germany)     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1521-3765     ISO Abbreviation:  Chemistry     Publication Date:  2010 Jul 
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Created Date:  2010-07-26     Completed Date:  2010-12-01     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9513783     Medline TA:  Chemistry     Country:  Germany    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  8307-18     Citation Subset:  -    
Anorganische Chemie, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Universitätsstrasse 5, 45117 Essen, Germany.
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