The synthesis and characterization of a series of nickel(II) pincer complexes of the meta-phenylene-bridged bis-N-heterocyclic DIPPCCC ligand framework are reported. Characterization of the Ni(II)Cl complex revealed a square planar species with Cl- and the anionic carbon trans to one another. Formation of Ni(II) alkyl complexes derived from complex 1 was accomplished by addition of LiR [R = CH3 (2); CH2SiMe3 (3)]. Furthermore, we report a synthetic pathway to access the catalytically relevant Ni(II)H species (DIPPCCC)NiH (4), by direct oxidative addition of an aryl C-H bond across a Ni(0) center. Complexes 1-4 have been characterized by 1H and 13C NMR and electronic absorption spectroscopies as well as X-ray crystallography.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry