Activation of white phosphorus by molybdenum- and uranium tris-amides
Author(s)Stephens, Frances H. (Frances Helen), 1977-
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Chemistry.
Christopher C. Cummins.
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Molybdaziridine-hydride Mo(H)([eta]²-Me₂C=NAr)(N[i-Pr]Ar)₂ (1, Ar = 3,5-C₆H₃Me₂) acts as a source of its three-coordinate isomer Mo(N[i-Pr]Ar)₃ (2). This relationship has been probed via an investigation of the coordination chemistry of 1 and Mo(N[t-Bu]Ar)3 (3), a bulky analog of 2, with isocyanides RNC (R = 1-adamantyl, tert-butyl) and white phosphorus (P₄). A comparison of the rates and activation parameters of these reactions indicates that 2 is not an intermediate on the pathway from 1 to products, but rather than the molybdaziridine-hydride "opens" upon substrate binding in an associative process. Synthesis and characterization of 1:1 and 1:2 isocyanide adducts of 2 and 3, and bridging and terminal Pn compounds of molybdenum derived from the element P4 and their alcoholysis products are presented. The uranium tris-amide compounds (THF)U(N[R]Ar)₃ (R = t-Bu, 1-Ad) reacted with white phosphorus. The unique products contain a square tetraphosphorus moiety characterized formally as the dianion P₄â¡â¡₂â. Structural and theoretical analyses are provided for this system.
Thesis (Ph. D.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Chemistry, 2004.Vita.Includes bibliographical references.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Chemistry.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology