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Carbon Monoxide Activation by a Molecular Aluminium Imide : C‐O Bond Cleavage and C‐C Bond Formation (2020)

Heilmann, A., Hicks, J., Vasko, P., Goicoechea, J., & Aldridge, S. (2020). Carbon Monoxide Activation by a Molecular Aluminium Imide : C‐O Bond Cleavage and C‐C Bond Formation. Angewandte Chemie, 591(12), 4897-4901. https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.201916073

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All authors or editors: Heilmann, Andreas; Hicks, Jamie; Vasko, Petra; Goicoechea, Jose; Aldridge, Simon

Journal or series: Angewandte Chemie

ISSN: 1433-7851

eISSN: 1521-3773

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 591

Issue number: 12

Pages range: 4897-4901

Publisher: Wiley-VCH Verlag

Publication country: Germany

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.201916073

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67726


Anionic molecular imide complexes of aluminium are accessible via a rational synthetic approach involving the reactions of organo azides with a potassium aluminyl reagent. In the case of K 2 [( NON )Al(NDipp)] 2 ( NON = 4,5‐bis(2,6‐di iso propylanilido)‐2,7‐di‐tert‐butyl‐9,9‐dimethyl‐xanthene; Dipp = 2,6‐di iso propylphenyl) structural characterization by X‐ray crystallography reveals a short Al‐N distance, which is thought to be due primarily to the low coordinate nature of the nitrogen centre. The Al‐N unit is highly polar, and capable of the activation of relatively inert chemical bonds, such as those found in dihydrogen and carbon monoxide. In the case of CO, uptake of two molecules of the substrate leads to C‐C coupling and C º O bond cleavage. Thermodynamically, this is driven – at least in part – by Al‐O bond formation. Mechanist‐ically, a combination of quantum chemical and experimental observations suggest that the reaction proceeds via exchange of the NR and O substituents through intermediates featuring an aluminium‐bound isocyanate fragment.

Keywords: carbon monoxide; activation; coordination complexes; aluminium

Free keywords: aluminium; imide; aluminyl; carbon monoxide; small molecule activation

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Reporting Year: 2020

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