Constrained geometry organoactinides as versatile catalysts for the intramolecular hydroamination/cyclization of primary and secondary amines having diverse tethered C-C unsaturation

Bryan D. Stubbert, Tobin J. Marks

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A series of "constrained geometry" organoactinide complexes, (CGC)An(NMe)2 (CGC = Me2-Si(η5-Me 4C5)(tBuN); An = Th, 1; U, 2), has been prepared via efficient in situ, two-step protodeamination routes in good yields and high purity. Both 1 and 2 are quantitatively converted to the neutrally charged, solvent-free dichlorides (1-Cl2, 2-Cl2) and slightly more soluble diiodides (1-I2, 2-I2) with excess Me3Si-X (X = Cl, I) in non-coordinating solvents. The new complexes were characterized by NMR spectroscopy, elemental analysis, and (for 1 and 2) single-crystal X-ray diffraction, revealing substantially increased metal coordinative unsaturation vs the corresponding Me2SiCp″ 2AnR2 (Cp″ = η5-Me4C 5; An = Th, R = CH2-(SiMe3), 3; An = U, R = CH2Ph, 4) and Cp′2AnR2 (Cp′ = η5-Me5C5 ; An = Th, R = CH 2(SiMe3), 5; An = U, R = CH2(SiMe3), 6) complexes. Complexes 1-6 exhibit broad applicability for the intramolecular hydroamination of diverse C-C unsaturations, including terminal and internal aminoalkenes (primary and secondary amines), aminoalkynes (primary and secondary amines), aminoallenes, and aminodienes. Large turnover frequencies (N t up to 3000 h-1) and high regioselectivities (≥95%) are observed throughout, along with moderate to high diastereoselectivities (up to 90% trans ring closures). With several noteworthy exceptions, reactivity trends track relative 5f ionic radii and ancillary ligand coordinative unsaturation. Reactivity patterns and activation parameters are consistent with a reaction pathway proceeding via turnover-limiting C=C/C=C insertion into the An-N σ-bond.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4253-4271
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - Apr 11 2007


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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