Neil Burford

University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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  • Saurabh S. Chitnis, Neil Burford
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    ABSTRACT: An overview of the synthesis, structures and reaction chemistry of coordination complexes featuring an acceptor with at least one lone pair and at least one phosphine donor is presented. One or more examples of complexes have been structurally-characterized for the majority of p-block elements but few are known for most elements. The unusual condition of a p-block element centre accommodating a lone pair of electrons and offering a low energy LUMO gives the element centre the potential to behave as both a Lewis acid and a Lewis Base. The structural diversity and reactivity of the phosphine complexes highlights new directions in main group chemistry and by comparison with transition metal coordination chemistry, the featured complexes demonstrate significant configurational and stereochemical flexibility. Ligand exchange, oxidation and reduction chemistry at the lone pair acceptor centre reveals unusual reactivity and an interesting class of ligands and inorganic reagents, with new possibilities for catalysis or small molecule activation.
    Dalton Transactions 10/2014; · 4.10 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The cyclo-diphosphinophosphonium salt [(PtBu)3Me][OTf] (2) has been shown to be highly reactive towards Lewis bases, exhibiting diverse reactivity towards phosphines, 4-(dimethylamino)pyridine (dmap) and chlorophosphines, providing approaches to new open-chain and cyclic catena-phosphorus frameworks. Reaction of 2 with R3P (R = Me or nPr) or dmap led to the ring-opened adducts [R3P-PtBu-PtBu-P(Me)tBu][OTf] (R = Me (4a), nPr (4b)) and [(dmap)-PtBu-PtBu-P(Me)tBu][OTf] (6), respectively. The complicated 31P NMR spectra of the three compounds were simulated, evidencing the presence of two diastereomeric forms of 4a, and single diastereomers of 4b and 6. This ring-opening reactivity of the cation in 2 parallels the reactivity of isolobal epoxides with nucleophiles under acidic conditions. Compound 2 was also shown to react with a 2:1 mixture of Me2PCl and TMSOTf to form the unexpected cyclo-1,2-diphosphino-3,4-diphosphonium salt [(Me2P)2(PtBu)2][OTf]2 (8), which is postulated to result from two consecutive ring-opening and ring closing steps. In contrast, reaction with MePCl2 furnished [(MeP)(PtBu)2P(Me)tBu][OTf] (9), consistent with insertion of a 'MeP' moiety into the cationic phosphorus framework of 2. The importance of ring strain on the reactivity of the cation in 2 was illustrated by comparative studies of the corresponding cyclo-tetraphosphorus cation in [(PtBu)4Me][OTf] (10), which exhibits no reactivity under analogous conditions.
    Journal of the American Chemical Society 09/2014; · 11.44 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We report a comprehensive and systematic experimental and computational assessment of the P-P bond in prototypical molecules that represent a rare series of known compounds. The data presented compliments the existing solid-state structural data and previous computational studies to provide a thorough thermodynamic and electronic understanding of the P-P bond. Comparison of homolytic and heterolytic bond dissociation for tricoordinate-tricoordinate, tricoordinate-tetracoordinate and tetracoordinate-tetracoordinate P-P bonds frameworks 1-6 provides fundamental insights into covalent bonding. For all types of P-P bond discussed, homolytic dissociation is favoured over heterolytic dissociation, although the distinction is small for 21+ and 61+. The presence of a single cationic charge in a molecule substantially strengthens the P-P bond (relative to analogous neutral frameworks) such that it is comparable with the C-C bond in alkanes. Nevertheless, P-P distances are remarkably independent of molecular charge or coordination number, and trends in values of d(PC) and νsymm(PC) imply that a molecular cationic charge is distributed over the alkyl substituents. In the gas phase, the diphosphonium dication 32+ has similar energy to two [PMe3]+ radical cations, so that it is the lattice enthalpy of 3[OTf]2 in the solid-state that enables isolation, highlighting that values from gas-phase calculations are poor guides for synthetic planning for ionic compounds. There are no relationships or correlations between bond lengths, strengths and vibrational frequencies.
    Journal of the American Chemical Society 08/2014; · 11.44 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Pniktanderivate können die Rolle von sowohl 2 e‐Donoren (Lewis‐Basen) als auch 2 e‐Akzeptoren (Lewis‐Säuren) übernehmen. Als prototypische Liganden in der Koordinationschemie von Übergangsmetallen bilden Amine und Phosphane auch Komplexe mit Lewis‐Säuren des p‐Blocks, die verschiedene Pniktogen‐zentrierte Akzeptoren umfassen. Die Lewis‐Acidität von Pniktogenzentren kann durch eine kationische Ladung verstärkt werden, was in den letzten Jahren zur Entwicklung von Verbindungen mit koordinativen Pn‐Pn‐ und Pn‐Pn′‐Wechselwirkungen genutzt wurde. Diese Verbindungen bieten die außergewöhnliche Möglichkeit zur homoatomaren Koordinationsbindung und ermöglichen die Entwicklung von Komplexen mit einem freien Elektronenpaar am Akzeptorzentrum. Dieser Aufsatz weist neue Richtungen für die systematische Erweiterung der Koordinationschemie von der Übergangsreihe zum p‐Block. GermanKoordinations‐ oder Donor‐Akzeptor‐Bindungen bilden die Grundlage der Übergangsmetallchemie, sie treten aber auch zwischen Nichtmetallen auf. Dieser Aufsatz betrachtet koordinative Wechselwirkungen zwischen Pniktogenen (Pn) und zeigt deren strukturelle Vielfältigkeit. Verbindungen, die Pn‐Pn‐ oder Pn′‐Pn‐Bindungen enthalten, werden geordnet nach dem als kationischer Akzeptor wirkenden Pniktogenelement behandelt.
    Angewandte Chemie 06/2014; 126(24).
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    ABSTRACT: The coordination of Me2E(OTf)2 (E = Si, Ge, Sn) acceptors by dmap or 2,2'-bipy furnishes two series of complexes which exhibit distinct structural trends that correlate with the covalent radii of the tetrael elements, and which contrast complexes of these ligands with EX4 (X = Cl or Br).
    Chemical Communications 06/2014; · 6.72 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Pnictine derivatives can behave as both 2e(-) donors (Lewis bases) and 2e(-) acceptors (Lewis acids). As prototypical ligands in the coordination chemistry of transition metals, amines and phosphines also form complexes with p-block Lewis acids, including a variety of pnictogen-centered acceptors. The inherent Lewis acidity of pnictogen centers can be enhanced by the introduction of a cationic charge, and this feature has been exploited in recent years in the development of compounds resulting from coordinate Pn-Pn and Pn-Pn' interactions. These compounds offer the unusual opportunity for homoatomic coordinate bonding and the development of complexes that possess a lone pair of electrons at the acceptor center. This Review presents new directions in the systematic extension of coordination chemistry from the transition series into the p-block.
    Angewandte Chemie International Edition in English 05/2014; · 13.45 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Complexes of the generic formula [Cln(PR3)mSb]((3-n)+) (n = 1, 2, 3, or 4 and m = 1 or 2) have been prepared featuring [ClSb](2+), [Cl2Sb](1+), Cl3Sb, or [Cl4Sb](1-) as acceptors with one or two phosphine ligands {PMe3, PPh3, PCy3 (Cy = C6H11)}. The solid-state structures of the complexes reveal foundational features that define the coordination chemistry of a lone pair bearing stibine acceptor site. The experimental observations are interpreted with dispersion-corrected density functional theory calculations to develop an understanding of the bonding and structural diversity.
    Inorganic Chemistry 04/2014; · 4.79 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The syntheses of salts containing ligand-stabilized Ph3Sb2+ and Ph3Bi2+ dications have been realized by in situ formation of Ph3Pn(OTf)2 (Pn=Sb or Bi) and subsequent reaction with OPPh3, dmap and bipy. The solid-state structures demonstrate diversity imposed by the steric demands and nature of the ligands. The synthetic method has the potential for broad application enabling widespread development of the coordination chemistry for PnV acceptors.
    Angewandte Chemie 03/2014; 126(13).
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    ABSTRACT: The syntheses of salts containing ligand-stabilized Ph3 Sb(2+) and Ph3 Bi(2+) dications have been realized by in situ formation of Ph3 Pn(OTf)2 (Pn=Sb or Bi) and subsequent reaction with OPPh3 , dmap and bipy. The solid-state structures demonstrate diversity imposed by the steric demands and nature of the ligands. The synthetic method has the potential for broad application enabling widespread development of the coordination chemistry for Pn(V) acceptors.
    Angewandte Chemie International Edition 02/2014; · 11.34 Impact Factor
  • Australian Journal of Chemistry 05/2013; 66(10):1155. · 1.64 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The reaction of CH3OSO2CF3 (MeOTf) with BiBr3 in tetrahydrofuran (THF) yields (THF)2BiBr2(OTf) (1), which is converted to (dmpe)BiBr2(OTf) (2Br) upon displacement of the THF ligands with bis(dimethylphosphino)ethane (dmpe). The chloride derivatives (dmpe)BiCl2(OTf) (2Cl) and (dmpe)BiCl(OTf)2 (3) are obtained from the reaction of BiCl3 and dmpe with 1 and 2 equiv of Me3SiOSO2CF3 (TMSOTf), respectively. The complexes readily decompose in solution to give elemental bismuth and a mixture of products. The solid-state structures reveal dimeric units bridged by both triflate O-S-O interactions and weak Bi-X-Bi interactions (X = Cl, Br). Comparison of the solid-state structures illustrates that both cis and trans configurations of halides are possible in complexes of the form L2BiX2(OTf), depending upon the denticity of the ligand. The experimentally observed configurations are consistent with minima calculated at the MP2 level for the triflate-free cations in the gas phase. Examination of the MP2-calculated electronic structure of 3 reveals the presence of low-lying π-type orbitals that may result in Z-type ligand activity. However, the attempted coordination of 3 with the electron-rich metal center in K2PdCl4, via metal-to-ligand back-donation, leads instead to halide abstraction, giving [(dmpe)2Pd][(CH3CN)2Bi2Cl6(OTf)2] (8). The anion in 8 consists of two octahedral bismuth environments bridged along one edge by two triflate anions. The results illustrate new coordination chemistry for bismuth.
    Inorganic Chemistry 05/2013; · 4.79 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Square deal: Reactions of SbF3 with Me3 SiOSO2 CF3 produce Sb(3+) and [Sb-F](2+) cations which form complexes with two or three Me3 P ligands. Subsequent reductive elimination of diphosphonium or fluorophosphonium cations from the complexes give the folded square cyclo-[(Me3 P)4 Sb4 ][OTf]4 . Formation of the tetracation framework reveals new redox chemistry for Sb.
    Angewandte Chemie International Edition 03/2013; · 11.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Gas driven: A high-yield approach to sequential fluoride ion abstraction from SbF(3) in the presence of 2,2'-bipyridine gives a series of complexes containing [SbF(2) ](+) , [SbF](2+) , and [Sb](3+) acceptors. The thermodynamically favorable rapid elimination of gaseous Me(3) SiF provides a potentially general approach to enhance the Lewis acidity and coordination chemistry of p-block centers.
    Angewandte Chemie International Edition 01/2013; · 11.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Gasantrieb: Die sequenzielle Abstraktion von Fluoridionen aus SbF3 in Gegenwart von 2,2′‐Bipyridin führt in hohen Ausbeuten zu einer Komplexreihe mit [SbF2]+‐, [SbF]2+‐ und [Sb]3+‐Akzeptoren (siehe Bild). Das thermodynamisch günstige schnelle Entfernen von gasförmigem Me3SiF könnte einen allgemeinen Ansatz auf dem Gebiet der Koordinationschemie von Hauptgruppenzentren und zur Erhöhung ihrer Lewis‐Acidität darstellen.
    Angewandte Chemie 01/2013; 125(7).
  • ChemInform 11/2012; 43(46).
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    ABSTRACT: Reactions of Me(3)P with SnCl(4) in the presence of nAlCl(3) (n = 0, 1, 2) yields a series of P-Sn complexes illustrating new bonding environments for tin.
    Chemical Communications 07/2012; 48(64):7922-4. · 6.38 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Reactions of Me(3)P with alkyl- or arylchlorophosphines yield phosphinophosphonium salts in quantitative yields, demonstrating a Menschutkin P-P methodology that has potentially broad application for element-element bond formation.
    Chemical Communications 06/2012; 48(59):7359-61. · 6.38 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The bis(triphenylarsane) complex of the [P(4) ](2+) dication has been formed in a high-yielding one-pot synthesis. X-ray crystallography reveals a butterfly structure of the bicyclo[1.1.0]-tetraphosphane-1,4-diium core, with two triphenylarsane ligands in an exo,exo configuration. The reaction of [(Ph(3) As)(2) P(4) ](2+) with Ph(3) P results in the quantitative formation of [(Ph(3) P)(2) P(4) ](2+) and Ph(3) As.
    Angewandte Chemie International Edition 02/2012; 51(12):2964-7. · 11.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Der Bis(triphenylarsan)‐Komplex des [P4]2+‐Dikations bildet sich in hoher Ausbeute bei einer Eintopfsynthese. Röntgenstrukturanalyse zeigt eine Schmetterlingsstruktur des Bicyclo[1.1.0]‐tetraphosphan‐1,4‐diium‐Kerns mit zwei Triphenylarsan‐Liganden in einer exo,exo‐Konfiguration (siehe Bild). Die Reaktion von [(Ph3As)2P4]2+ mit Ph3P ergibt quantitativ [(Ph3P)2P4]2+ und Ph3As.
    Angewandte Chemie 01/2012; 124(12).
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    ABSTRACT: Reactions of trimethylphosphine or diphosphines with SbCl(3) in the presence of AlCl(3) or Me(3)SiSO(3)CF(3) give ligand stabilized stibenium and stibinidenium cations. The geometry at each antimony center reveals a variety of environments for antimony that describes new bonding and highlights new directions in the chemistry of the pnictogen elements.
    Chemical Communications 12/2011; 47(45):12331-3. · 6.38 Impact Factor

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  • 2011–2014
    • University of Victoria
      • Department of Chemistry
      Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • 1989–2012
    • Dalhousie University
      • Department of Chemistry
      Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 2008
    • University of Münster
      • Institute of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry
      Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • 1994–2002
    • University of New Brunswick
      • Department of Chemistry
      Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
  • 2001
    • University of Alberta
      • Department of Chemistry
      Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 1987
    • University of London
      Londinium, England, United Kingdom