Reactivity of Various Four-Coordinate Aluminum Alkyls towards Dioxygen: Evidence for Spatial Requirements in the Insertion of an Oxygen Molecule into the Al−C Bond

Janusz Lewiński , Janusz Zachara , Piotr Goś , Elżbieta Grabska , Tomasz Kopeć , Izabela Madura , Wojciech Marciniak , Igor Prowotorow


The interaction of dioxygen with various tetrahedral aluminum alkyls, (tBu)3Al⋅OEt2 (1), tBu2Al(μ- OtBu)2AltBu2 (6), (tBu)2Al(mesal) (2) [mesal=methyl salicylate anion], R2Al(μ-pz)2AlR2 [pz=deprotonated pyrazole, R=Me (3 a), Et (3 b), and tBu (3 c)], R2Al(μ-3,5-Me2pz)2AlR2 [3,5-Me2pz=deprotonated 3,5-dimethylpyrazole, R=Me (4 a), and Et (4 b)], and Et2B(μ-pz)2AlEt2 (5), has been investigated. We were particularly interested in the effect of steric hindrances both caused by the metal-bonded substituents and those that result from the nature of the bifunctional ligand used in the oxygenation reaction. In the reaction of 1 with O2, only the formation of the monoalkoxide compound 6 was observed. The latter di-tert-butyl compound as well as all planar aluminapyrazoles, that is, the tert-butyl derivative 3 c and lower alkylaluminum derivatives with the more demanding 3,5-dimethylpyrazoyl ligands 4 a and 4 b, are stable under an atmosphere of dry oxygen and ambient conditions. Inspection of the space-filling representation of these compounds has undoubtedly shown that the bulky tert-butyl groups or pyrazolyles ligands, respectively, provide steric protection for the metal center from the dioxygen attack. In contrast, the dialkylaluminum derivatives of pyrazole, 3 a and 3 b, and the diethylaluminum bis(1-pyrazolyl)borate complex 5, all with the metal center eclipsed with respect to the plane defined by the four nitrogen atoms, react smoothly with O2 to form the alkyl(alkoxy)aluminum complexes. In the reaction of 5 with O2 for example, the Et−B bonds remained intact, and the dimeric five-coordinate compound [Et2B(μ-pz)2 Al(μ-OEt)Et]2 (9) was isolated in good yield. The interaction of mononuclear di-tert-butyl chelate complex 2 with O2 at −15 °C gives (tBuOO)(tBuO)Al(μ-OtBu)2Al(mesal)2 (7) in high yield, and the presence of the alkylperoxo moiety is a particularly significant point in the resulting product. All the compounds have been characterized spectroscopically, and the structures of 3 c, 4 a, 6, 7, and 9 have been confirmed by X-ray crystallography. Structural features of 1–6 are discussed and are considered in relation to the possible approach pathways of the O2 molecule to the four-coordinate metal center. This analysis and the observed apparent dissimilarity in the reactions of model four-coordinate aluminum alkyls with O2 clearly show that the stereoelectronic prerequisites are responsible for the fundamentally different reactivity.
Author Janusz Lewiński (FC / DCOC)
Janusz Lewiński,,
- Department Of Catalysis And Organometallic Chemistry
, Janusz Zachara (FC / CICSST)
Janusz Zachara,,
- Chair Of Inorganic Chemistry And Solid State Technology
, Piotr Goś (FC / DCOC)
Piotr Goś,,
- Department Of Catalysis And Organometallic Chemistry
, Elżbieta Grabska - [Warsaw University of Technology (PW)]
Elżbieta Grabska,,
- Politechnika Warszawska
, Tomasz Kopeć (FC / DCOC)
Tomasz Kopeć,,
- Department Of Catalysis And Organometallic Chemistry
, Izabela Madura (FC / CICSST)
Izabela Madura,,
- Chair Of Inorganic Chemistry And Solid State Technology
, Wojciech Marciniak (FC / DCOC)
Wojciech Marciniak,,
- Department Of Catalysis And Organometallic Chemistry
, Igor Prowotorow - [Politechnika Warszawska]
Igor Prowotorow,,
Journal seriesChemistry – A European Journal, ISSN 1521-3765
Issue year2000
Keywords in Englishalkoxides, alkylperoxides, aluminum, Complexes, insertions, oxygenations
Languageen angielski
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