PC(sp(3))P pincer carbonyl complexes of iridium(I), and iridium(III)

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The previously reported complex trans-[IrHCl{cis-1,3-bis-(di-tert-butylphosphino)methyl} cyclohexane] (2) forms the 18-electron carbonyl compound anti-[Ir(CO)HCl{cis-1,3-bis-((di-tert-butylphosphino)methyl)} cyclohexane] (5a)upon reaction with 1 atm CO. The structural isomer syn-[IrH(CO)Cl{cis-1,3-bis-((di-tert- butylphosphino)methyl)}cyclohexane] (5b)is obtained directly upon complexation of the ligand (1) with IrCl3 center dot H2O in refluxing DMF syn-5b is the first iridium aliphatic pincer complex with this orientation of the hydrogens and is the thermodynamically more stable isomer. Both compounds 5a and 5b afford the Ir(I)complex trans-[Ir(CO){cis-1,3-bis-((di-tert-butylphosphino)methyl)}cyclohexane] (4)upon treatment with KO'Bu. Complex 4 was also synthesised in a more straightforward fashion from the previously known terminal nitrogen complex trans-[Ir(N-2){cis-1,3-bis-((di-tert-butylphosphino)-methyl)} cyclohexane] (3)under atmospheric CO. The complexes 4, 5a and 5b were characterised spectroscopically and in the solid state. IR data point to a more electron rich metal centre as compared to the corresponding aromatic complexes.

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  • Chemical Sciences
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15534-15538
JournalRSC Advances
Volume5
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes