Alkylzinc diorganophosphates to incorporate zincoxane units

Dalton Transactions 2016, 45, 18813–18816.


Alkylzinc diorganophosphates: synthesis, structural diversity and unique ability to incorporate zincoxane units

Małgorzata Wolska-Pietkiewicz,a* Adam Świerkosz,a* Iwona Justyniak,b Agnieszka Grala,b Kamil Sokołowski,b Janusz Lewiński,ab

a Faculty of Chemistry, Warsaw University of Technology, Noakowskiego 3, 00-664 Warsaw, Poland
b Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kasprzaka 44/52, 01-224 Warsaw, Poland

DOI: 10.1039/c6dt03324e
First published online 24 Aug 2016.
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Equimolar reactions between ZntBu2 and diphenyl phosphate (dpphe-H) or dimethyl phosphate (dmphe-H) result in the formation of [tBuZn(O2P(OR’)2)]-type compoundswhich crystallize as tetranuclear aggregates, [tBuZn(dpphe)]4 (14) or [tBuZn(dmphe)]4 (24), with the phosphate ligands spanning 4‑coordinate Zn centers. The utility of ZnMe2instead of ZntBu2 dramatically changes the reaction outcome and leads to [MeZn(O2P(OR’)2)]-type moieties incorporating zincoxane units, i.e., pentanuclear [{MeZn(dpphe)}3(Me2Zn2O)(THF)2] (3) and nonanuclear [{MeZn(dmphe)}6(Me2Zn3O2)] (4) aggregates. The resulting compounds were characterized by 1H and 31P NMR spectroscopy and single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis.