Reductions of challenging organic substrates by a nickel complex of a noninnocent crown carbene ligand

Findlay, N. J. , Park, S. R., Schoenebeck, F., Cahard, E., Zhou, S.-z., Berlouis, L. E.A., Spicer, M. D., Tuttle, T. and Murphy, J. A. (2010) Reductions of challenging organic substrates by a nickel complex of a noninnocent crown carbene ligand. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 132(44), pp. 15462-15464. (doi:10.1021/ja107703n) (PMID:20961105) (PMCID:PMC3662396)

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Abstract

The first crown-tetracarbene complex of Ni(II) has been prepared, and its crystal structure determined. The complex can be reduced by Na/Hg, with an uptake of two electrons. The reduced complex reductively cleaves arenesulfonamides, including those derived from secondary aliphatic amines, and effects Birch reduction of anthracenes as well as reductive cleavage of stilbene oxides. Computational studies show that the orbital that receives electrons upon reduction of the complex 2 is predominantly based on the crown carbene ligand and also that the HOMO of the parent complex 2 is based on the ligand.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Spicer, Dr Mark and Findlay, Mr Neil
Authors: Findlay, N. J., Park, S. R., Schoenebeck, F., Cahard, E., Zhou, S.-z., Berlouis, L. E.A., Spicer, M. D., Tuttle, T., and Murphy, J. A.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Journal Name:Journal of the American Chemical Society
Publisher:American Chemical Society
ISSN:0002-7863
ISSN (Online):1520-5126

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