The methylidene scandium complex (PNP)Sc(μ3-CH2)(μ2-CH3)2[Al(CH3)2]2 (PNP = N[2-P(CHMe2)2-4-methylphenyl]2-) can be prepared from the reaction of (PNP)Sc(CH3)2 and 2 equiv of Al(CH3)3. The Lewis acid stabilized methylidenes candium complex has been crystallographically characterized, and its bonding scheme analyzed by DFT. In addition, we report preliminary reactivity studies of the Sc-CH2 ligand with substrates such as H2NAr and OCPh2. While the former results in an Brønsted acid-base reaction, the latter reagent produces the olefin H2C=CPh2 along with the novel oxoscandium complex (PNP)Sc(μ3-O)(μ2-CH3)2[Al(CH3)2]2, quantitatively.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry