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Oxidative Addition of the Imidazolium Cation to Zerovalent Ni, Pd, and Pt: A Combined Density Functional and Experimental Study


McGuinness, DS and Cavell, KJ and Yates, BF and Skelton, BW and White, AH, Oxidative Addition of the Imidazolium Cation to Zerovalent Ni, Pd, and Pt: A Combined Density Functional and Experimental Study, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 123, (34) pp. 8317-8328. ISSN 0002-7863 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1021/ja010628p


Oxidative addition of different imidazolium cations to zerovalent group 10 metals, to afford heterocyclic carbene complexes, has been investigated by both density functional theory (DFT) and experimental studies. The theoretical analysis shows that addition of imidazoliums to Pt 0 and Ni 0 is more exothermic than to Pd 0, and Ni 0 is predicted to react with a much lower barrier than either Pt 0 or Pd 0 Strongly basic supporting ligands on the metal, as well as cis-chelating ligands, increase the exothermicity of the reaction and also lower the activation barrier. The addition of 2-H imidazoliums is easier and more exothermic than addition of 2-alkylimidazoliums, and a halo-imidazolium is expected to further lower the barrier to oxidative addition and increase the exothermicity. The DFT results show that all three of the metals should be able to oxidatively add imidazolium cations under appropriate conditions. Experimental studies confirmed that oxidative addition is possible, and a number of Pt- and Pd-carbene complexes were prepared via oxidative addition of imidazolium salts to M 0 precursors. Most significantly, oxidative addition of 2-H azolium salts was found to readily occur, and the reaction of 1,3-dimethylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate with Pt(PPh 3) 2 and Pt(PCy 3) 2 affords [PtH(dmiy)(PPh 3) 2]BF4 (10) and [PtH(dmiy)(PCY 3) 2]BF4 (11), while reaction between 3,4-dimethylthiazolium tetrafluoroborate and Pt(PCy 3) 2 yields [PtH(dmty)(PCy 3) 2]BF4 (12) (dmiy = 1,3-dimethylimidazolin-2-ylidene, dmty = 3,4-dimethylthiazolin-2-ylidene). Addition of 2-iodo-1,3,4,5-tetramethylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate to Pt(PPh 3) 4 or Pd(dcype)(dba) yields [PtI(tmiy)(PPh 3) 2]BF4 (9) and [PdI(tmiy)(dcype)]BF4 (14), respectively (tmiy = 1,3,4,5-tetramethylimidazolin-2-ylidene, dcype = 1,3-bis(dicyclohexylphosphino)ethane)). X-ray crystal structures are reported for complexes 9 and 11 (cis and trans). These studies clearly show for the first time that oxidative addition of imidazolium and thiazolium cations is possible, and the results are discussed in terms of the ramifications for catalysis in imidazolium-based ionic liquids with both carbene-based and non-carbene-based complexes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Chemical Sciences
Research Group:Inorganic chemistry
Research Field:Organometallic chemistry
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the chemical sciences
UTAS Author:McGuinness, DS (Dr David McGuinness)
UTAS Author:Cavell, KJ (Professor Kingsley Cavell)
UTAS Author:Yates, BF (Professor Brian Yates)
ID Code:22480
Year Published:2001
Web of Science® Times Cited:220
Deposited By:Chemistry
Deposited On:2001-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-03

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