Unexpected structure of 1,3-diphenyl-2-azaallylpotassium-N,N,N′,N″,N″- pentamethyldiethylenetriamine: Infinite, zigzag chains of alternating cations and two distinct types of anion, one azaallyl bonded, the other allyl bonded

Philip C. Andrews, David R. Armstrong, William Clegg, Fiona J. Craig, Lorraine Dunbar, Robert E. Mulvey

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[{[PhC(H)-..N-..C(H)Ph]-K +·pmdeta}] adopts a novel crystal structure exhibiting separate η3-C-..N-..C and η3-C-..C-..C ligating modes, surprisingly leaving one electro-negative N centre not bonded to K+; reaction of the azaallyl K with its parent imine PhC(H)=NCH2Ph in toluene affords the interesting, metal-free, chiral product PhC(H)=NCH(Ph)CH(Ph)N(H)CH2Ph.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-320
Number of pages2
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1997
Externally publishedYes

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