Silyl-Phosphino-Carbene Complexes of Uranium(IV)

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  • Authors:
  • Erli Lu
  • Josef Boronski
  • Matthew Gregson
  • Ashley J. Wooles
  • Stephen Liddle


We report unprecedented silyl-phosphino-carbene complexes of uranium(IV), where before all covalent actinide-carbon double bonds were stabilised by phosphorus(V) substituents or restricted to matrix isolation experiments. Conversion of [U(BIPMTMS)(Cl)(μ-Cl)2Li(THF)2] (1, BIPMTMS = C(PPh2NSiMe3)2) to [U(BIPMTMS)(Cl){CH(Ph)(SiMe3)}] (2), and addition of [Li{CH(SiMe3)(PPh2)}(THF)] and Me2NCH2CH2NMe2 (TMEDA) gave [U{C(SiMe3)(PPh2)}(BIPMTMS)(μ-Cl)Li(TMEDA)(μ-TMEDA)0.5]2 (3) by α-hydrogen abstraction. Addition of 2,2,2-cryptand or two equivalents of 4-N,N-dimethylaminopyridine (DMAP) to 3 gave [U{C(SiMe3)(PPh2)}(BIPMTMS)(Cl)][Li(2,2,2-cryptand)] (4) or [U{C(SiMe3)(PPh2)}(BIPMTMS)(DMAP)2] (5). The characterisation data for 3-5 suggest that whilst there is evidence for 3-centre P-C-U π-bonding character, the U=C double bond component is dominant in each case. These U=C bonds are the closest to a 'true' uranium-alkylidene, yet outside of matrix isolation experiments.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Early online date13 Mar 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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