Title

The Instability of Ni{N(SiMe3)2}2: A Fifty Year Old Transition Metal Silylamide Mystery

Abstract

The characterization of the unstable NiII bis(silylamide) Ni{N(SiMe3)2}2 (1), its THF complex Ni{N(SiMe3)2}2(THF) (2), and the stable bis(pyridine) derivative trans-Ni{N(SiMe3)2}2(py)2 (3), is described. Both 1 and 2 decompose at ca. 25°C to a tetrameric NiI species, [Ni{N(SiMe3)2}]4 (4), also obtainable from LiN(SiMe3)2 and NiCl2(DME). Experimental and computational data indicate that the instability of 1 is likely due to ease of reduction of NiII to NiI and the stabilization of 4 through dispersion forces.

Department(s)

Chemistry

Keywords and Phrases

Dispersions; Magnetism; Transition metals; Computational data; Dispersion effect; Dispersion force; Silylamide; Steric effect; Tetrameric; Nickel

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

14337851

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2015 Wiley-VCH Verlag, All rights reserved.


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