Synthesis and isocyanate insertion reactions of tungsten(IV) imido complexes formed from W(CO)(acac)(N3)(PMe3)3 with azide as the oxidant

Chetna Khosla, Andrew B. Jackson, Peter S. White, Joseph L. Templeton

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Addition of excess trimethylphosphine and a halide source to a solution of W(CO)(acac)22-L) (L = NCPh and OCMe2) leads to displacement of L and one acetylacetonate chelate to produce electron-rich, seven-coordinate complexes of the formula W(CO)(acac)(X)(PMe 3)3 (X = Cl, Br, and I). Use of NaN3 instead of a halide source leads primarily to loss of carbon monoxide and dinitrogen, and protonation from adventitious water yields the cationic imido complex [W(NH)(acac)(PMe3)3]+. Heating [W(NH)(acac)(PMe3)3]+ in aromatic isocyanates at high temperature results in isocyanate insertion into the NH imido bond to form new C-N bonds. An alternate route to related imido complexes involves heating [W(O)(acac)(PMe3)3]+ with phenyl isocyanate at high temperatures to yield the substituted imido complex [W(NPh)(acac)(PMe3)3]+.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-31
Number of pages13
JournalInorganica Chimica Acta
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 15 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Insertion chemistry
  • Organometallic synthesis
  • Tungsten imido chemistry
  • X-ray crystal structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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