Straightforward synthesis of [Cu(NHC)(alkynyl)] and [Cu(NHC)(thiolato)] complexes (NHC = N-heterocyclic carbene).

Ishfaq Ibni Hashim, Thomas Scattolin, Nikolaos V Tzouras, Laurens Bourda, Kristof Van Hecke, Ida Ritacco, Lucia Caporaso, Luigi Cavallo, Steven P. Nolan, Catherine S. J. Cazin

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Synthetic access to monomeric copper-alkynyl and copper-thiolato complexes of the type [(NHC)Cu(R)] (R = alkynyl or thiolato) using a weak base approach is reported. All reported reactions proceed under mild conditions in air and in environmentally acceptable solvents. The novel complexes are fully characterized and single crystal X-ray analyses unambiguously establish the atom connectivity in these mononuclear complexes. The importance of the supporting NHC ligand's steric properties in stabilizing mononuclear complexes is discussed.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-240
Number of pages10
JournalDalton transactions
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 9 2021

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2022-01-18
Acknowledgements: We gratefully acknowledge the VLAIO (SBO project COPERATE) and the Special Research Fund (BOF) of Ghent University. Funding of the iBOF project C3 (BOF20/IBF/010) is also gratefully acknowledged. The Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) is also gratefully acknowledged for a Fundamental Research PhD fellowship to NVT (11I6921N).

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  • Inorganic Chemistry


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