Structural Diversity in the Coordination of Amidines and Guanidines to Monovalent Metal Halides

Oakley, Sarah H, Soria, Delia B, Coles, Martyn P and Hitchcock, Peter B (2004) Structural Diversity in the Coordination of Amidines and Guanidines to Monovalent Metal Halides. Dalton Transactions, - (4). 537 - 546. ISSN 1477-9226

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A series of structurally characterised, monovalent metal-halide complexes incorporating neutral amidine and guanidine ligands is reported. N,N-diphenylbenzamidine reacted with copper(I) chloride to afford the bis-ligand complex [CuCl(PhC{NPh}{NHPh})2]2(1), that exists as a chlorine bridged dimer in the solid state, with a non-symmetrical distribution of NHCl interactions within the Cu2Cl2 metallacycle. In contrast, only one equivalent of the guanidine, Me2NC{NiPr}{NHiPr}(2), is coordinated in the copper(I) iodide complex [CuI(Me2NC{NiPr}{NHiPr})]2(3), which was also isolated as the dimer with bridging halide atoms. The molecular structure of the bicyclic guanidine, 1,3,4,6,7,8-hexahydro-2H-pyrimido[1,2-a]pyrimidine (hppH), is reported, revealing a hydrogen bridged dimer with extensive delocalisation throughout the ligand framework. Coordination of hppH to lithium chloride afforded the dimeric bis-ligand complex [LiCl(hppH)2]2(4) in which each hppH molecule interacts with a different chlorine atom of the central Li2Cl2 core of the molecule via NHCl hydrogen bonding. In contrast the 2 1 ligand to metal complex is formed with silver(I) chloride to afford AgCl(hppH)2(5), a unique example of a monomeric, three-coordinate silver chloride supported by nitrogen-based ligands. The series of mixed ligand complexes [CuX(hppH)(PPh3)]n(6, X = Cl, n= 1; 7, X = Br, n= 2; 8 X = I, n= 2) have also been synthesised and structurally characterised, allowing comparisons of the relative coordinating behaviour of hppH and PPh3 as neutral donors at copper(I) centres to be made.

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Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Chemistry
Depositing User: Martyn Coles
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:33
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2012 15:21
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