Photochemical route to actinide-transition metal bonds: Synthesis, characterization and reactivity of a series of thorium and uranium heterobimetallic complexes

Ashleigh L. Ward, Wayne W. Lukens, Connie C. Lu, John Arnold

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Abstract

A series of actinide-transition metal heterobimetallics has been prepared, featuring thorium, uranium, and cobalt. Complexes incorporating the binucleating ligand N[ο-(NHCH2PiPr2)C 6H4]3 with either Th(IV) (4) or U(IV) (5) and a carbonyl bridged [Co(CO)4]- unit were synthesized from the corresponding actinide chlorides (Th: 2; U: 3) and Na[Co(CO)4]. Irradiation of the resulting isocarbonyls with ultraviolet light resulted in the formation of new species containing actinide-metal bonds in good yields (Th: 6; U: 7); this photolysis method provides a new approach to a relatively unusual class of complexes. Characterization by single-crystal X-ray diffraction revealed that elimination of the bridging carbonyl and formation of the metal-metal bond is accompanied by coordination of a phosphine arm from the N4P3 ligand to the cobalt center. Additionally, actinide-cobalt bonds of 3.0771(5) Å and 3.0319(7) Å for the thorium and uranium complexes, respectively, were observed. The solution-state behavior of the thorium complexes was evaluated using 1H, 1H- 1H COSY, 31P, and variable-temperature NMR spectroscopy. IR, UV-vis/NIR, and variable-temperature magnetic susceptibility measurements are also reported.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3647-3654
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume136
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 5 2014

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