Reaction of nitromethane with an iridium pincer complex. Multiple binding modes of the nitromethanate anion

Xiawei Zhang, Thomas J. Emge, Rajshekhar Ghosh, Karsten Krogh-Jespersen, Alan S. Goldman

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The reaction of nitromethane with (PCP)Ir (PCP = κ 3-2,6- ( tBu 2PCH 2) 2C 6H 3) yields the bidentate O,O-ligated nitromethanate complex (PCP)Ir(H)(κ 2-O,O-NO 2CH 2) (1). Reaction of 1 with CO affords a CO adduct with a mono-oxygen-ligated nitromethanate, 2, which represents the first characterized transition metal mono-oxygen-ligated nitromethanate complex. At elevated temperature, complex 2 isomerizes to give the carbon-bound nitromethyl complex 3. Complex 1 also undergoes addition of cyclohexylisocyanide (analogous to the reaction with CO) to form the mono-oxygen-ligated nitromethanate complex 4, which also isomerizes to form the corresponding nitromethyl complex, 5. The (PCP)Ir-(CH 3NO 2) system is the first species known to display three binding modes with a nitromethanate anion. Results from density functional calculations illustrate the structures and energies of the minima and transition states on the potential energy surfaces. The calculations suggest that 1 is the thermodynamic product of (PCP)Ir reacting with nitromethane; a kinetic product, formed via oxidative addition of a nitromethane C-H bond, should readily rearrange to form 1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1303-1309
Number of pages7
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Feb 27 2006


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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