Saito T1, Nishiyama H1, Kawakita K1, Nechayev M2, Kriegel B2, Tsurugi H1, Arnold J2, Mashima K1.
Inorg Chem. 2015 Jun 15;54(12):6004-9. doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.5b00812. Epub 2015 May 28.The organosilicon reducing reagent 2,3,5,6-tetramethyl-1,4-bis(trimethylsilyl)-1,4-diaza-2,5-cyclohexadiene (1a) was used for the one-electron, salt-free reduction of ((t)BuN═)NbCl3(py)2 (2), resulting in the formation of a neutral, triply chloride-bridged dinuclear niobium(IV) complex, [((t)BuN═)ClNb(py)](μ-Cl)3[((t)BuN═)Nb(py)2] (3) in moderately high yield. Heating 3 in toluene at 80 °C caused a unique intramolecular rearrangement of 3 to another neutral dinuclear complex, [Cl2Nb(py)](μ-Cl)(μ-N(t)Bu)2[ClNb(py)2] (4), in which two niobium(IV) atoms were bridged by one chloride atom and two imido ligands. Read More