Synthesis and characterization of titanium tetraisocyanide complexes, [CpTi(CNXyl)4E], E = I, SnPh3, and SnMe3

Jessica M. Allen, John E. Ellis

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Oxidation of [CpTi(CO)4]- by I2, Ph3SnCl, and Me3SnCl in the presence of four equivalents of CNXyl, Xyl = 2,6-dimethylphenyl, affords unprecedented titanium tetraisocyanide complexes, [CpTi(CNXyl)4E], E = I, SnPh3, SnMe3. These have been isolated and characterized by spectroscopic methods as well as single-crystal X-ray crystallography. A by-product of the iodine reaction was the Ti(III) complex, [CpTi(CNXyl)2I2], which was also characterized by X-ray crystallography.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1536-1542
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Issue number8-9
StatePublished - Apr 15 2008

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Funding Information:
Financial support from the US National Science Foundation and the Petroleum Research Fund, administered by the American Chemical Society, is gratefully acknowledged. Also, we greatly thank Benjamin E. Kucera for help with the X-ray crystallography studies and Ms. Christine Lundby for her expert assistance in the preparation of the manuscript.


  • Isocyanides
  • Tin
  • Titanium
  • X-ray structure


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