Synthesis, characterization and reactivity of iron- and cobalt-pincer complexes

Ashleigh D. Smith, Anu Saini, Laci M. Singer, Neha Phadke, Michael Findlater

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The tBuPONOP (2,6-bis(di-tert-butyl-phosphinito)pyridine) complexes of iron and cobalt, (tBuPONOP)FeCl2 (1) and (tBuPONOP)CoCl2 (2)) have been prepared. Both complexes are paramagnetic and the solid-state structures of 1 and 2 were determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction studies. Analogous Fe and Co complexes of the tBuPNP (2,6-bis(di-tert-butyl-phosphinomethyl)pyridine) ligand (3 and 4, respectively) were prepared to allow comparison between the closely related pincer ligands in the hydrosilylation of carbonyl moieties. All four complexes were found to be catalytically active when treated with NaBEt3H, which was assumed to generate a metal-hydride species in-situ.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-291
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Aug 16 2016


  • Co complexes
  • Fe complexes
  • Hydrosilylation
  • Pincer ligands
  • Solid state structures

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