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Title

Formation of a Bridging Planar Trimethylenemethane Dianion from a Neopentyl Precursor via Sequential β-Alkyl Elimination and C−H Activation

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-2-2005

Publication Title

Journal of the American Chemical Society

ISSN

0002-7863

Volume

127

Issue/No.

4

First Page

1068

Last Page

1069

Abstract

The reaction of neopentyllithium, Me3CCH2Li, with [(C5Me5)2Sm][(μ-Ph)2BPh2], 1, was investigated as a route to the unsolvated alkyl, [(C5Me5)2Sm(CH2CMe3)]x, and found to generate the first f element trimethylenemethane dianion complex, [(C5Me5)2Sm]2[μ-η33-C(CH2)3], 2. Formation of the [C4H6]2- trimethylenemethane ligand from the [C5H11]1- neopentyl precursor can be explained by a combination of a β-methyl elimination reaction to form isobutene and [(C5Me5)2SmMe]3, 3, with subsequent C−H activation reactions. This sequence has been modeled in several ways, including the synthesis of 2 from reactions of 3 with CH2=CMe2 and 3 with the 2-methylallyl complex, (C5Me5)2Sm[CH2C(Me)CH2], 4.

Comments

©2005 American Chemical Society

DOI

10.1021/ja044529y

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