Novel Low-Coordinate Lanthanoid(II) and -(III) Aryloxide Complexes the X-ray Structures of Bis(2,6-diphenylphenolato)tris(tetrahydrofuran)ytterbium(II), Bis(1,2-dimethoxyethane)bis(2,6-diphenylphenolato)ytterbium(II), and 1,2-Dimethoxyethanetris(2,6-diphenylphenolato)ytterbium(ill) and -neodymium(III)

Glen B. Deacon, Tiecheng Feng, Peter C. Junk, Brian W. Skelton, Allan H. White

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Reduction of [Yb(Odpp)3(THF)2] (HOdpp = 2,6-diphenylphenol; THF = tetrahydrofuran) with ytterbium powder and mercury metal yields [Yb(Odpp)2(THF)3] (1) which on crystallization from DME gives [Yb(Odpp)2(DME)2] (2) (DME = 1,2-dimethoxyethane). Crystallization of the reactant [Yb(Odpp)3(THF)2] from DME yields [Yb(Odpp)3(DME)] · (DME)0.5(3) and of [Nd(Odpp)3(THF)2] from DME/THF the analogous [Nd(Odpp)3(DME)] ·(THF) (4). The X-ray crystal structure of 1 reveals distorted trigonal bipyramidal fivecoordinate ytterbium with axial Odpp ligands [O-Yb-O 164.6(3)°], and unsymmetrically distributed equatorial THF ligands [O-Yb-O 137.5(3), 138.8(3), 83.7(4)°] owing to two close H(Ph)-Yb approaches (3.1-3.2 Å). In 2, there is trigonal prismatic six-coordination with an Odpp ligand on each triangular face and DME ligands bridging the triangular faces. Both 3 and 4 have distorted square planar five-coordination for the lanthanoid metals with an apical Odpp ligand and cisoid Odpp ligands and a chelating DME in the square plane.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)851-857
Number of pages7
JournalChemische Berichte
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1997


  • 2,6-diphenylphenolate complexes
  • Aryloxide complexes
  • Lanthanoid complexes
  • Lanthanoides
  • Neodymium
  • O ligands
  • Ytterbium

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