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  • Weller, Stefan; Schlindwein, Simon H.; Feil, Christoph M.; Kelemen, Zsolt; Buzsaki, Daniel; Nyulaszi, Laszlo; Isenberg, Stefan; Pietschnig, Rudolf; Nieger, Martin; Gudat, Dietrich (2019)
    Reactions of P-chloro-1,3,2-diazaphospha[3]ferrocenophanes with ECl3 (E = Al, Ga) under solvent-free conditions and with Na[Mn(CO)(5)] furnished salts featuring a ferrocenophane-based phosphenium cation and neutral phosphenium complexes, respectively. All products were characterized by spectroscopic studies. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies confirmed the ionic nature of the phosphenium tetrachloroaluminate and the structural analogy between the phosphenium complexes and Fischer-type carbene complexes. Distinct deviations in the conformation of the ansa bridge suggest electronic stabilization of the electrophilic phosphorus atom by phosphorus-nitrogen pi interactions in the free cation and by phosphorus-metal pi bonding in the complexes. The observation of short intermolecular contacts in the crystalline phosphenium salt and its chemical behavior toward donor solvents attest to the cation having an unusually high degree of Lewis acidity, which was confirmed by DFT studies and related to the presence of a rather large N-P-N angle. Computational studies indicate further that the free phosphenium cation exhibits a closed-shell electronic structure with a formal Fe(II) oxidation state and is thus a true analogue to ferrocenophane-based diaminotetrylenes.
  • Stadelmann, B.; Bender, J.; Förster, D.; Frey, W.; Nieger, M.; Gudat, D. (2015)
    A unique anionic phosphenium complex was prepared from reaction of an N-heterocyclic chlorophosphine with Collman's reagent or K[HFe(CO)(4)]/NaH and characterized by spectral and XRD data. The complex behaves as an ambident nucleophile. Reactions with acetic acid, ClSnPh3, and a further equivalent of an N-heterocyclic chlorophosphine proceed via electrophilic functionalization at the metal site to yield appropriate mono- or bis-phosphenium complexes. Reaction with MeI at -70 degrees C produces a P-alkylation product as the first spectroscopically detectable intermediate, which decays at a higher temperature to give a mixture of free P-methylated N-heterocyclic phosphine and its Fe(CO)(4) complex. The different reaction products were characterized by spectral and XRD data. Computational studies indicate that the NHP units in all complexes display p-acceptor behaviour but show no disposition to adopt phosphide-like character or formally oxidize the metal centre.
  • Birchall, Nicholas; Feil, Christoph M.; Gediga, Michael; Nieger, Martin; Gudat, Dietrich (2020)
    The reversible reaction of H(2)with a bis-phosphenium complex of chromium provides a rare example of 3d transition metal/phosphenium cooperativity. Photolysis induces the activation of H(2)and yields a spectroscopically detectable phosphenium-stabilized (sigma-H-2)-complex, readily showing exchange with gaseous H(2)and D-2. Further reaction of this complex affords a phosphine-functionalized metal hydride, representing a unique example of reversible H(2)cleavage across a 3d MP bond. The same species is also accessibleviastepwise H+/H(-)transfer to the bis-phosphenium complex, and releases H(2)upon heating or irradiation. Dihydrogen transfer from the H-2-complex to styrene is exploited to demonstrate the first example of promoting hydrogenation with a phosphenium complex.