The preparation and structure of bis(tri-p-tolylphosphine)(azobenzene)nickel(0), Ni[P(C6H4CH3)3]2[(C6H5NNC6H5]

Steven D. Ittel*, James A. Ibers

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The compound, bis(tri-p-tolylphosphine)(azobenzene)nickel(0), Ni[P(C6H4CH3)3]2[C6H5NNC6H5], has been prepared by the reaction of tri-p-tolylphosphine and azobenzene with bis(1,5-cyclooctadiene)nickel(0) in hexane. The structure of the complex has been determined at room temperature from three-dimensional X-ray data collected by counter methods. The structure has been refined by least-squares techniques to a final R factor on F of 6.6% based on 3516 observations above background. The material crystallizes in the triclinic space group C1i-P1, with two molecules in a cell of dimensions a = 12.448(11), b = 17.671(20), c = 12.226(13) Å, α 95.79(5). β 118.34(3), 97.14(4)°. The Ni atom has trigonal coordinationif the azoben- zene is regarded as a monodentate ligand. The inner coordination sphere is essentially planar, with the two nitrogen atoms equidistant from the metal atom. The structure is compared with that of Ni[(CH3)3CNC]2[C6H5NNC6H5], a similar complex studied earlier in this laboratory. Observed differences in the coordinated azobenzenes have been related to observed spectral differences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)389-402
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 1 1973

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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