Beryllium Halide Complexes Incorporating Neutral or Anionic Ligands: Potential Precursors for Beryllium Chemistry

Albert Paparo, Cameron Jones

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Reactions of the beryllium dihalide complexes [BeX2(OEt2)2] (X=Br or I) with N,N,N′,N′-tetramethylethylenediamine (TMEDA), a series of diazabutadienes, or bis(diphenylphosphino)methylene (DPPM) have yielded the chelated complexes, [BeX2(TMEDA)], [BeX2{(RN=CH)2}] (R=tBu, mesityl (Mes), 2,6-diethylphenyl (Dep) or 2,6-diisopropylphenyl (Dip)), and the non-chelated system, [BeI21-P-DPPM)2]. Reactions of lithium or potassium salts of a variety of β-diketiminates have given both three-coordinate complexes, [{HC(RCNAr)2}BeX] (R=H or Me; Ar=Mes, Dep or Dip; X=Br or I); and four-coordinate systems, [{HC(MeCNPh)2}BeBr(OEt2)] and [{HC(MeCNDip)(MeCNC2H4NMe2}BeI]. Alkali metal salts of ketiminate, guanidinate, boryl/phosphinosilyl amide, or terphenyl ligands, lead to dimeric [{BeI{μ-[(OCMe)(DipNCMe)]CH}}2], and monomeric [{iPr2NC(NMes)2}BeI(OEt2)], [κ2-N,P-{(HCNDip)2B}(PPh2SiMe2)NBeI(OEt2)] and [{C6H3Ph2-2,6}BeBr(OEt2)], respectively. Compound [{HC(MeCNPh)2}BeBr(OEt2)] undergoes a Schlenk redistribution reaction in solution, affording the homoleptic complex, [{HC(MeCNPh)2}2Be]. The majority of the prepared complexes have been characterized by X-ray crystallography and multi-nuclear NMR spectroscopy. The structures and stability of the complexes are discussed, as is their potential for use as precursors in poorly developed low oxidation state beryllium chemistry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)486-490
Number of pages5
JournalChemistry - An Asian Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019


  • beryllium
  • low oxidation state
  • reduction
  • steric bulk
  • β-diketiminate

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