The activation of dinitrogen by titanium sandwich complexes of the general form (η5-C5Me4R)2Ti (R = CHMe2, CMe3, SiMe3) has been systematically investigated. Low-temperature, in situ, solution infrared spectroscopy has allowed detection of monomeric bis-dinitrogen complexes of titanium that are isostructural with more familiar dicarbonyl derivatives. One example, (η5-C5Me4CHMe2)2Ti(N2)2, has alsobeen characterized by X-ray diffraction and reveals weakly activated dinitrogen ligands. From the solution IR data, the relative azophilicity of the titanium sandwich complexes has been established and increases with smaller cyclopentadienyl substituents.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry