Synthesis and Reactivity of (N2P2)Ni Complexes Stabilized by a Diphosphonite Pyridinophane Ligand

Kei Fuchigami, Michael B. Watson, Giang N. Tran, Nigam P. Rath, Liviu M. Mirica

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A series of (N2P2)NiIIcomplexes (N2P2 =P,P′-ditertbutyl-2,11-diphosphonito[3.3](2,6)pyridinophane) stabilized by a modified tetradentate pyridinophane ligand containing two phosphonite groups were synthesized and characterized. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) studies revealed the accessibility of the NiIoxidation state at moderate redox potentials for these NiIIcomplexes.In situEPR, low-temperature UV-vis, and electrochemical studies were employed to detect the formation of NiIspecies during the reduction of NiIIprecursors. Furthermore, the [(N2P2)NiI(CNt-Bu)](SbF6) complex was isolated upon reduction of the NiIIprecursor with 1 equiv of CoCp2and was characterized by EPR and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Finally, the (N2P2)NiIIBr2complex acts as an efficient catalyst for the Kumada cross-coupling of an aryl halide with an aryl or alkyl Grignard, suggesting that the N2P2 ligand can support the various Ni species involved in the catalytic C-C bond formation reactivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2283-2289
Number of pages7
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jul 26 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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