European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Two new sterically demanding nitrogen‐confused C‐scorpionate ligands with a bis(3,5‐diisopropylpyrazol‐1‐yl)methyl group bound to the 3‐ position of a normal pyrazole (HLiPr2) or an N‐toluenesulfonyl pyrazole (TsLiPr2) have been prepared. Reactions between the ligands (xLiPr2) and silver trifluoromethanesulfonate, AgOTf, gave four new compounds of the types [Ag(xLiPr2)](OTf) (x = Ts, 1a; x = H, 2a) or [Ag(xLiPr2)2](OTf) (x = Ts, 1b; x = H, 2b) depending on the initial metal:ligand ratio. Similarly, the reactions with [Cu(CH3CN)4](PF6) produce four new compounds of the type [Cu(xLiPr2)(CH3CN)](PF6) (x = Ts, 3a; x = H, 4a) or [Cu(xLiPr2)2](PF6) (x = Ts, 3b; x = H, 4b). The solid‐state structures of four derivatives (1a·acetone, 3a, 3b·CH2Cl2, and 4b·2THF) were determined by single‐crystal X‐ray diffraction while all complexes were characterized in CH3CN solution by NMR spectroscopy and ESI(+) MS. The eight new complexes catalyze the aziridination of styrene. The copper complexes were generally (but not exclusively) more active catalysts than their silver counterparts.
Wang, Denan; Jahan, Fathiya; Meise, Kristin J.; Lindeman, Sergey; and Gardinier, James R., "Silver(I) and Copper(I) Complexes of Semi‐Bulky Nitrogen‐Confused C‐Scorpionates" (2020). Chemistry Faculty Research and Publications. 1013.
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Accepted version. European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, Vol. 2020, No. 20 (May 29, 2020): 1964-1978. DOI. © 2020 Wiley. Used with permission.