Formation and decomposition of the Sb(III)/Li cage [{Sb(P-t-BU)3}2Li6·6thf]

Alan Bashall, Felipe García, Gavin T. Lawson, Mary McPartlin, Alexander Rothenberger, Anthony D. Woods, Dominic S. Wright*

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The heterometallic Sb(III)/Li cage complex [{Sb(P-t-Bu3}2Li6·6THF] (1) is obtained by the low-temperature (<0°C) reaction of Sb(NMe2)3 with t-BuPHLi (1:3 equiv) in THF. Thermolysis of this reaction solution leads to the formation of the bicyclic distibane [(t-BuP)3Sb]2 (2). 31P NMR spectroscopic studies reveal that this process involves initial formation of [(t-BuP)3(Sb])- and [t-Bu(H)PP-t-Bu]- anions. Complexes 1 and 2 have been characterized in the solid state by X-ray diffraction studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1421-1427
Number of pages7
JournalCanadian Journal of Chemistry
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Antimony
  • Cage
  • Lithium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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