Bis(imino)pyridine ligand deprotonation promoted by a transient iron amide

Marco W. Bouwkamp, Emil Lobkovsky, Paul J. Chirik

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Addition of 2 equiv of LiNMe2 to the bis(imino)pyridine ferrous dichloride, (iPrPDI)FeCl2 (iPrDI = (2,6- iPr2-C6H3N=CMe)2C 5H3N), resulted in deprotonation of the chelate methyl groups, yielding the bis(enamide)pyridine iron dimethylamine adduct, ( iPrPDEA)Fe-(NHMe2) (iPrPDEA = (2,6- iPr2-C6H3NC=CH2) 2C5H3N). Performing a similar procedure with KN(SiMe3)2 in THF solution afforded the corresponding bis(THF) adduct, (iPrDEA)Fe(THF)2. (iPrPDEA)Fe- (NHMe2) has also been prepared by addition of the free amine to the iron dialkyl complex, (iPrPDI)Fe(CH2SiMe3) 2, implicating formation of a transient iron amide that is sufficiently basic to deprotonate the bis(imino)pyridine methyl groups. Deprotonation of the amine ligand in (iPRPDEA)Fe(NHMe2) has been accomplished by addition of amide bases to afford the ferrous amide-ate complexes, [(iPrPDEA)Fe(μ-NMe2)M] (M = Li, K).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-4
Number of pages3
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 9 2006
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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