The crystal and molecular structure of the complex Th[η5-(CH3)5C5]2[CH2-Si(CH3)3]2, which undergoes facile intramolecular cyclometalation to the thoracyclobutane Th[η5-(CH3)5C5]2(CH2)2Si(CH3)2, is reported. While the Th[η5-(CH3)5C5]2 ligation is unexceptional, the Th[CH2Si(CH3)3]2 fragment is highly unsymmetrical having Th-C (corresponding angle Th-C-Si) 2.51(1) Å (132.0(6)°) and 2.46(1) Å (148.0(7)°). This conformation, which appears to result from severe intramolecular non-bonded contacts, allows a methyl hydrogen atom of one CH2Si(CH3)3 ligand to approach within ca. 2.3 Å of the α-carbon atom of the other CH2Si(CH3)3 ligand.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Materials Chemistry