Crystal structure of [(Ph(ME)C: N:C(H)Ph)K • (tBuOK)2 • (thf)2]∞: A unimetallic mixed anion model for a "superbase"?

Philip C. Andrews, Gary D. Fallon, Melissa Maguire, Anna C. Peatt

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Extremely few solid-state structures of mixed-metal or unimetallic mixed-anion "superbase" complexes are known. The title compound prepared from the chiral amine (S)-α-(methylbenzyl)benzyl-amine and a 3:1 mixture of tBuOK and nBuLi with addition of THF and N,N,N′,N′-tetramethylethylene-diamine, is shown to be polymeric in the solid state (see picture).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4516-4518
Number of pages3
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2000


  • Alkali metals
  • Anions
  • Potassium
  • Structure elucidation
  • Superbases

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