Syntheses and structural studies of [2-(6-methyl)pyridyl]- and (8-quinolyl)trimethylsilylamido-lithium complexes

Lutz M. Engelhardt, Geraldine E. Jacobsen, Peter C. Junk, Colin L. Raston, Brian W. Skelton, Allan H. White

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Reactions of 6-methyl-2-trimethylsilyaminopyridine (Hmtmsap) with LiBun in hexane-diethyl ether, [LiBun(tmen)] (tmen = N,N,N′,N′-tetramethylethylenediamine), or LiBun in hexane, yield, respectively, [{Li(OEt2) (mtmsap)}2] (1), [Li(tmen) (mtmsap)] (2), and [{Li(mtmsap)}2] (3). Mixtures (5:2) of Hmtmsap and 2-amino-6-methylpyridine (Hamp) yield the complex molecule [Li7(mtmsap)5(amp)2] (4). Corresponding compounds, prepared via metallation of 8-trimethylsilyl-aminoquinoline (Htmsaq), are [{Li(OEt2)(tmsaq)}2] (5), [Li(tmen)(tmsaq)] (6), and [{Li(tmsaq)}2] (7). Compounds (1), (2), and (4)-(7) are crystalline and have been characterized by X-ray structure determination. Compounds (1) and (5) are dimeric with four-co-ordinate lithium centres, the amido-N bridging; (7) is based on the structure of (5), but with a gap in the metal co-ordination spheres where the ether ligands reside in (5). Compounds (2) and (6) are monomeric with four-co-ordinate metal centres, and (4) has seven different metal environments, each either three- or four-co-ordinate and with both bridging amido-N and pyridine-N centres.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1011-1020
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1988
Externally publishedYes


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