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    ABSTRACT: The ionic metallocene complexes [Cp*(2)M][BPh(4)] (Cp* = C(5)Me(5)) of the trivalent 3d metals Sc, Ti, and V were synthesized and structurally characterized. For M = Sc, the anion interacts weakly with the metal center through one of the phenyl groups, but for M = Ti and V, the cations are naked. They each contain one strongly distorted Cp* ligand, with one (V) or two (Ti) agostic C-H...M interactions involving the Cp*Me groups. For Sc and Ti, these Lewis acidic species react with fluorobenzene and 1,2-difluorobenzene to yield [Cp*(2)M(kappaF-FC(6)H(5))(n)][BPh(4)] (M = Sc, n = 2; M = Ti, n = 1) and [Cp*(2)M(kappa(2)F-1,2-F(2)C(6)H(4))][BPh(4)], the first examples of kappaF-fluorobenzene and kappa(2)F-1,2-difluorobenzene adducts of transition metals. With the perfluorinated anion [B(C(6)F(5))(4)](-), both Sc and Ti form [Cp*(2)M(kappa(2)F-C(6)F(5))B(C(6)F(5))(3)] contact ion pairs. The nature of the metal-fluoroarene interaction was studied by density functional theory (DFT) calculations and by comparison with the corresponding tetrahydrofuran (THF) adducts and was found to be predominantly electrostatic for all metals studied.
    Journal of the American Chemical Society 11/2005; 127(41):14310-9. · 10.68 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The tetraphenylborate salt of the decamethyl titanocene cation, [Cp*2Ti][BPh4] (1, Cp* = C5Me5), was prepared by reaction of Cp*2TiH with [Cp2Fe][BPh4] and by reaction of Cp*2TiMe with [PhNMe2H][BPh4]. The crystal structure of 1 shows that the Cp*2Ti cation has a bent metallocene structure with agostic interactions with the metal center of two adjacent methyl groups on one of the Cp* ligands. Compound 1 reacts readily with THF to give the adduct [Cp*2Ti(THF)][BPh4] (2). In fluorobenzene, 1 forms the eta1-fluorobenzene adduct [Cp*2Ti(eta1-FC6H5)][BPh4] (3), which was structurally characterized. In contrast to the thermal stability of 3, addition of alpha,alpha,alpha-trifluorotoluene to either 1 or 2 results in C-F activation to give Cp*2TiF2 and PhCF2CF2Ph as the main products. This reactivity toward benzylic C-F bonds is also reflected in the reactivity toward the fluorinated borate anions [B(C6F5)4]- and {B(3,5-(CF3)2C6H3]4}-: reaction of Cp*2TiMe with their [PhNMe2H]+ salts results in a stable complex for the former anion, whereas rapid C-F activation is observed for the latter.
    Journal of the American Chemical Society 12/2002; 124(44):12956-7. · 10.68 Impact Factor