Reversible Insertion of a C-C Bond into Magnesium(I) Dimers: Generation of Highly Active 1,2-Dimagnesioethane Compounds

Aaron J. Boutland, Ashlea Carroll, Carlos Alvarez Lamsfus, Andreas Stasch, Laurent Maron, Cameron Jones

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The insertion of 1,1-diphenylethylene into the Mg-Mg bond of two magnesium(I) dimers, [(ArNacnac)Mg]2 (Ar = C6H2Me3-2,4,6 (Mes); C6H3Et2-2,6 (Dep)), yielding 1,2-dimagnesioethane products, [{(ArNacnac)Mg}2(μ-CH2CPh2)], is described. These reactions are readily reversible at room temperature and thus represent the first examples of room-temperature reversible redox processes for s-block metal complexes. The 1,2-dimagnesioethane products are highly activated magnesium alkyls and show unprecedented, uncatalyzed reactivity toward H2, CO, and ethylene. Computational studies have investigated the mechanisms of all presented reaction types.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18190-18193
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number50
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2017

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