Alan R. Kennedy

Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Gratz, Styria, Austria

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  • ChemInform 05/2015; 46(20). DOI:10.1002/chin.201520079
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    ABSTRACT: A series of bulky end-capped [1]benzothieno[3,2-b]benzothiophenes (BTBTs) are developed in order to tune the packing structure via terminal substitution. A coupled theoretical and experimental study allows us to identify 2,7-di-tert-butylBTBT as a new high-performance organic semiconductor with large and well-balanced transfer integrals, as evidenced by quantum-chemical calculations. Single-crystal field-effect transistors show a remarkable average saturation mobility of 7.1 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) . © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
    Advanced Materials 04/2015; DOI:10.1002/adma.201500322 · 15.41 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Using bis(amide) Zn(HMDS)2 (HMDS= 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexamethyldisilazide) as a precursor, this study explores the synthesis of N-heterocyclic carbene stabilized mixed amido-hydride zinc complexes using two alternative hydride sources, namely dimethylamine borane (DMAB) and phenylsilane PhSiH3. Hydride-rich zinc cluster Zn4(HMDS)2H6•2IPr (1) (IPr= 1,3-bis(2,6-di-isopropylphenylimidazol-2-ylidene), which can be envisaged as a co-complex of IPr•ZnH2 and (HMDS)ZnH, is obtained when DMAB is employed, with the concomitant formation of heteroleptic bis(amido)borane [HB(NMe2)(HMDS)] and H2 evolution. NMR studies in d8-THF show that although the bulky carbene IPr does not bind to the zinc bis(amide), its presence in the reaction media is required in order to stabilise hemiamide (apropos zinc), 1. Reactions using the slightly less sterically demanding NHC IXy (IXy = 1,3-bis-(2,6-dimethylphenyl)-imidazol-2-ylidene) led to the isolation and structural elucidation of the carbene adduct Zn(HMDS)2•IXy (2). Contrastingly, mixtures of equimolar amounts of PhSiH3 and the bis(amide) (60oC, 3 h, hexane) led to the isolation of monomeric heteroleptic hydride (HMDS)ZnH•IPr (3). NMR studies, including DOSY experiments, revealed that while the integrity of 3 is retained in polar d8-THF solutions, in lower polarity C6D6 it displays a much more complex solution behaviour, being in equilibrium with the homoleptic species ZnH2•IPr, Zn(HMDS)2 and IPr
    Dalton Transactions 03/2015; 44(17). DOI:10.1039/C5DT00312A · 4.10 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Several Lewis base adducts of the synthetically important lithium tris(n-butyl)magnesiate LiMg(nBu)3 have been prepared and structurally characterised. The complexes were prepared by a co-complexation approach i.e., by combining the monometallic nBuLi and nBu2Mg reagents in hydrocarbon solution before adding a molar equivalent of a donor molecule (a bidentate amine, tridentate amine or cyclic ether). The lithium magnesiates all adopt variants of the “Weiss motif” structure, i.e., contacted ion pair dimers with a linear arrangement and metals connected by butyl anions, where tetrahedral magnesium ions are in the central positions and the lithiums occupy the outer region, solvated by a neutral Lewis donor [(donor)Li(μ-nBu)2Mg(μ-nBu)2Mg(μ-nBu)2-Li(donor)]. When TMPDA, PMDETA or (R,R)-TMCDA [TMPDA=N,N,N'N'-tetramethylpropanediamine; PMDETA=N,N,N',N'',N''-pentamethyldiethylenetriamine; and (R,R)-TMCDA=(R,R)-N,N,N',N'-tetramethylcyclohexane-1,2-diamine], are employed, dimeric tetranuclear lithium magnesiates are produced. Due to the tridentate nature of the ligand, the PMDETA-containing structure (2) has an unusual ‘open’-motif. When TMEDA (TMEDA=N,N,N′,N′-tetramethylethylenediamine) is employed, a n-butoxide-containing complex [(TMEDA)Li(μ-nBu)(μ-OnBu)Mg2(nBu)2(μ-nBu)(μ-OnBu)Li(donor)] has been serendipitously prepared and adopts a ladder conformation which is commonly observed in lithium amide chemistry. This complex has also been prepared using a rational methodology. When 1,4-dioxane is employed, the donor stitches together a polymeric array of tetranuclear dimeric units (6). The hydrocarbon solution structures of the compounds have been characterised by 1H, 7Li, 13C NMR spectroscopy; complex 2 has been studied by variable temperature and DOSY NMR.
    Dalton Transactions 03/2015; 44(16). DOI:10.1039/C5DT00435G · 4.10 Impact Factor
  • John Reglinski, Alan R. Kennedy, Graham Steel
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    ABSTRACT: The structure of (BeSalen)2 is reported. The incompatibility of the geometry of the beryllium with the inflexibility of the Salen ligand gives rise to a rare dimeric bis-didentate motif.
    New Journal of Chemistry 02/2015; 39(4). DOI:10.1039/C4NJ01949K · 3.16 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Reaction of the sodium monoamido-bisalkylzincate [(TMEDA)Na(TMP)(Bu(t))Zn(Bu(t))] (TMEDA is N,N,N',N'-tetramethylethylenediamine; TMP is 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidide) and the related lithium zincate [(PMDETA)Li(TMP)Zn(Bu(t))2] (PMDETA is N,N,N',N'',N''-pentamethyldiethylenetriamine) with the sensitive bio-relevant scaffold N,N-dimethylphenylethylamine, DMPEA, afforded the crystalline complexes [(TMEDA)Na(TMP)(NMe2)Zn(Bu(t))] and [(PMDETA)Li(NMe2)Zn(Bu(t))2], respectively, both of which have been characterized by NMR spectroscopic and X-ray crystallographic studies. Made by reaction of a LiTMP-(TMP)Al(Bu(i))2 mixture with DMPEA, a third dimethylamino-containing crystalline complex, the aluminate [(THF)Li(TMP)(NMe2)Al(Bu(i))2] has been similarly characterized. All three complexes can be regarded as products of cleave and capture chemistry whereby metallation at the benzylic position of DMPEA has led to a β-elimination of an anionic Me2N fragment that has been captured by a charge balancing cationic heterobimetallic entity. While a metallated intermediate prior to the elimination has proved elusive in all of these reactions, DMPEA has been captured fully intact in the novel Lewis acid-Lewis base crystalline complex [DMPEA·Li(TMP)Zn(Me)2], which has also been characterized by the aforementioned techniques.
    Dalton Transactions 02/2015; 44(12). DOI:10.1039/C5DT00247H · 4.10 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Reaction of ferrocene with 1 or 2 molar equiv of the synergistic-operative bimetallic sodium zincate base TMEDA·Na(μ-TMP)(μ-tBu)Zn(tBu) yields mainly mono- or dizincated complexes TMEDA·Na(μ-TMP)[μ-(C5H4)Fe(C5H5)]ZntBu (1) and [TMEDA·Na(μ-TMP)Zn(tBu)]2(C5H4)2Fe (2). Likewise, the separated pairing of Li(TMP) and (TMP)AliBu2 in the presence of THF can mono- or dimetalate ferrocene in a synergistic two-step lithiation/trans-metal-trapping protocol to give THF·Li(μ-TMP)[μ-(C5H4)Fe(C5H5)]Al(iBu)2 (4) or [THF·Li(μ-TMP)Al(iBu)2]2(C5H4)2Fe (5). In the absence of Lewis donating cosolvents, a 4-fold excess of the sodium zincate appears to produce an unprecedented 4-fold zincated ferrocene of formula Na4(TMP)4Zn4(tBu)4[(C5H3)2Fe] (3), whereas when donor solvent is withheld from the lithium/aluminum pairing, only dimetalation of ferrocene is possible. Tetrametalation seems to be inhibited by the in situ generation of TMP(H) via amido basicity, which then acts as a Lewis donor toward lithium, preventing inverse-crown formation and preferentially forming the Lewis acid-Lewis base adduct [TMP(H)·Li(μ-TMP)Al(iBu)2]2(C5H4)2Fe (6). With the exception of 3, all aforementioned complexes have been characterized by X-ray crystallography, while 1-6 have also been studied by solution NMR spectroscopic studies.
    Organometallics 02/2015; DOI:10.1021/om5012352 · 4.25 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A simple method to modify the primary face of cyclodextrins (CDs) is described. The 6I-O-yl radical of α-, β-, and γ-CDs regioselectively abstracts the H5II, located in the adjacent D-glucose unit, by an intramolecular 1,8-hydrogen-atom-transfer reaction through a geometrically restricted nine-membered transition state to give a stable 1,3,5-trioxocane ring. The reaction has been extended to the 1,4-diols of α- and β-CD to give the corresponding bis(trioxocane)s. The C2-symmetric bis(trioxocane) corresponding to the α-CD is a stable crystalline solid whose structure was confirmed by X-ray diffraction analysis. The calculated geometric parameters confirm that the primary face is severely distorted toward a narrower elliptical shape for this rim.
    Angewandte Chemie International Edition in English 01/2015; 127(12). DOI:10.1002/anie.201412300 · 13.45 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Four lithium magnesiate complexes (2-5) containing the dianionic (rac)-BIPHEN ligand have been prepared and characterized using X-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy. (THF)3·Li2Mg{(rac)-BIPHEN}nBu2, 2, (THF)3·Li2Mg{(rac)-BIPHEN}(CH2SiMe3)2, 3, and (THF)2·Li2Mg{(rac)-BIPHEN}neoPe2, 4, have been prepared by complexation of the appropriate dialkylmagnesium compound with in situ prepared Li(rac)-BIPHEN in a mixture of hydrocarbon/THF. For all structures, the Mg centers are four-coordinate (and retain the alkyl groups); however, in 2 and 3 the two Li centers have different coordination spheres (one binding to one THF molecule, the other to two). The solid-state structures of 2 and 3 are essentially isostructural with that of 4 except that both Li atoms in this molecule have equivalent coordination spheres. The solution behaviors of these three molecules have been studied by 1H, 13C, and DOSY NMR spectroscopy. During the synthesis of 2, it was discovered that a (rac)-BIPHEN-rich (or n-butyl-free) lithium magnesiate, (THF)4Li2Mg{(rac)-BIPHEN}fo2, 2b, could be isolated. The lithium precursor to 2-5, (THF)4·Li4{(rac)-BIPHEN)}2, 1, has also been isolated. Within the molecular structure of this tetranuclear complex, there are three different Li coordination environments. Finally, 2 has already shown promise as a reagent in a halogen-metal exchange reaction with 2-bromopyridine. The structural chemistry at play in this reaction was probed by X-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy. The organometallic intermediate pyridyl-magnesiated 5, (THF)2·Li2Mg{(rac)-BIPHEN}(2-pyridyl)2, was isolated in high yield.
    Organometallics 01/2015; DOI:10.1021/om501225g · 4.25 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Substrate-induced phases (SIPs) are polymorphic phases which are found in thin films of a material and are different from the single crystal or "bulk" structure of a material. In this work, we investigate the presence of a SIP in the family of [1]benzothieno[3,2-b]benzothiophene (BTBT) organic semiconductors and the effect of aging and solvent vapor annealing on the film structure. Through extensive X-ray structural investigations of spin coated films, we find a SIP with a significantly different structure to that found in single crystals of the same material forms; the SIP has a herringbone motif while single crystals display layered π-π stacking. Over time, the structure of the film is found to slowly convert to the single crystal structure. Solvent vapor annealing initiates the same structural evolution process but at a greatly increased rate, and near complete conversion can be achieved in a short period of time. As properties such as charge transport capability are determined by the molecular structure, this work highlights the importance of understanding and controlling the structure of organic semiconductor films and presents a simple method to control the film structure by solvent vapor annealing.
    ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 01/2015; 7(3). DOI:10.1021/am5075908 · 5.90 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Two thienoacene dimers based on the thieno[3,2-b]thiophene moiety were efficiently synthesized, characterized and evaluated as active hole-transporting layers in organic thin-film field-effect transistors. Both compounds behaved as active p-channel organic semi-conductors showing averaged hole mobility of up to 1.33 cm2 V−1 s−1.
    Journal of Materials Chemistry C 12/2014; 3(3). DOI:10.1039/C4TC02158D
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    ABSTRACT: Sensitive optical detection of nitroaromatic vapours with diketo-pyrrolopyrrole thin films is reported for the first time and the impact of thin film crystal structure and morphology on fluorescence quenching behaviour demonstrated.
    Chemical Communications 11/2014; DOI:10.1039/c4cc08468c · 6.72 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The regioselectivity of deprotonation reactions between arene substrates and basic metalating agents is usually governed by the electronic and/or coordinative characteristics of a directing group attached to the benzene ring. Generally, the reaction takes place in the ortho position, adjacent to the substituent. Here, we introduce a protocol by which the metalating agent, a disodium-monomagnesium alkyl-amide, forms a template that extends regioselectivity to more distant arene sites. Depending on the nature of the directing group, ortho-meta' or meta-meta' dimetalation is observed, in the latter case breaking the dogma of ortho metalation. This concept is elaborated through the characterization of both organometallic intermediates and electrophilically quenched products.
    Science 11/2014; 346(6211):834-7. DOI:10.1126/science.1259662 · 31.48 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The effect on catalyst performance of altering substituents at the 2-position of the Macmillan imidazolidinone has been examined. Condensation of L-phenylalanine N-methyl amide with acetophenone derivatives results in a series of imidazolidinones whose salts can be used to accelerate the Diels-Alder cycloaddition. Electron withdrawing groups significantly increases the overall rate of cycloaddition without compromise in selectivity. The most effective catalyst was shown to be efficient for a variety of substrates and the applicability of this catalyst to alternative secondary amine catalysed transformations is also discussed.
    Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry 10/2014; 13(1). DOI:10.1039/C4OB01916D · 3.49 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Proton transfer to the sulfa drug sulfadiazine [systematic name: 4-amino-N-(pyrimidin-2-yl)benzenesulfonamide] gave eight salt forms. These are the monohydrate and methanol hemisolvate forms of the chloride (2-{[(4-azaniumylphenyl)sulfonyl]azanidyl}pyrimidin-1-ium chloride monohydrate, C10H11N4O2S+·Cl−·H2O, (I), and 2-{[(4-azaniumylphenyl)sulfonyl]azanidyl}pyrimidin-1-ium chloride methanol hemisolvate, C10H11N4O2S+·Cl−·0.5CH3OH, (II)); a bromide monohydrate (2-{[(4-azaniumylphenyl)sulfonyl]azanidyl}pyrimidin-1-ium bromide monohydrate, C10H11N4O2S+·Br−·H2O, (III)), which has a disordered water channel; a species containing the unusual tetraiodide dianion [bis(2-{[(4-azaniumylphenyl)sulfonyl]azanidyl}pyrimidin-1-ium) tetraiodide, 2C10H11N4O2S+·I42−, (IV)], where the [I4]2− ion is located at a crystallographic inversion centre; a tetrafluoroborate monohydrate (2-{[(4-azaniumylphenyl)sulfonyl]azanidyl}pyrimidin-1-ium tetrafluoroborate monohydrate, C10H11N4O2S+·BF4−·H2O, (V)); a nitrate (2-{[(4-azaniumylphenyl)sulfonyl]azanidyl}pyrimidin-1-ium nitrate, C10H11N4O2S+·NO3−, (VI)); an ethanesulfonate {4-[(pyrimidin-2-yl)sulfamoyl]anilinium ethanesulfonate, C10H11N4O2S+·C2H5SO3−, (VII)}; and a dihydrate of the 4-hydroxybenzenesulfonate {4-[(pyrimidin-2-yl)sulfamoyl]anilinium 4-hydroxybenzenesulfonate dihydrate, C10H11N4O2S+·HOC6H4SO3−·2H2O, (VIII)}. All these structures feature alternate layers of cations and of anions where any solvent is associated with the anion layers. The two sulfonate salts are protonated at the aniline N atom and the amide N atom of sulfadiazine, a tautomeric form of the sulfadiazine cation that has not been crystallographically described before. All the other salt forms are instead protonated at the aniline group and on one N atom of the pyrimidine ring. Whilst all eight species are based upon hydrogen-bonded centrosymetric dimers with graph set R22(8), the two sulfonate structures also differ in that these dimers do not link into one-dimensional chains of cations through NH3-to-SO2 hydrogen-bonding interactions, whilst the other six species do. The chloride methanol hemisolvate and the tetraiodide are isostructural and a packing analysis of the cation positions shows that the chloride monohydrate structure is also closely related to these.
    09/2014; 70. DOI:10.1107/S2053229614018725
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    ABSTRACT: Vinyl cyclopropane rearrangement (VCPR) has been utilised to synthesise a difluorinated cyclopentene stereospecifically and under mild thermal conditions. Difluorocyclopropanation chemistry afforded ethyl 3-(1'(2'2'-difluoro-3'-phenyl)cyclopropyl) propenoate as all four stereoisomers (18a, 18b, 22a, 22b) (all racemic). The trans-E isomer (18a), prepared in 70 % yield over three steps, underwent near quantitative VCPR to difluorocyclopentene 23 (99 %). Rearrangements were monitored by (19) F NMR (100-180 °C). While cis/trans cyclopropane stereoisomerisation was facile, favouring trans-isomers by a modest margin, no E/Z alkene isomerisation was observed even at higher temperatures. Neither cis nor trans Z-alkenoates underwent VCPR, even up to much higher temperatures (180 °C). The cis-cyclopropanes underwent [3,3]-rearrangement to afford benzocycloheptadiene species. The reaction stereospecificity was explored by using electronic structure calculations, and UB3LYP/6-31G* methodology allowed the energy barriers for cyclopropane stereoisomerisation, diastereoisomeric VCPR and [3,3]-rearrangement to be ranked in agreement with experiment.
    Chemistry 09/2014; 20(44). DOI:10.1002/chem.201403737 · 5.70 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: 1-lithio-2-butyl-1,2-dihydropyridines, typically formed as intermediates in the nucleophilic substitution (addition/elimination) of pyridine with (n- or t-) butyl lithium, have been isolated and comprehensively characterized. The linear substituted isomer is polymeric while the branched substituted isomer is a cyclotrimer. The lower oligomerization of the latter complex confers exceptional hexane solubility making it an excellent lithium hydride source in non-polar, aliphatic media.
    Chemical Communications 09/2014; 51(25). DOI:10.1039/C4CC06421F · 6.72 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The chemistry of the hydrotris(mercaptobenzothiazolyl)borate anion (Tbz) with metal salts (HgI2, SbI3, BiI3, CoCl2) is reported in an attempt to probe the stability of the of Tbz ligand once coordinated to hard and soft metals. Complexes of Tbz with bismuth, containing the [Bi(Tbz)I3](-) anion, are stable, but with the other metals this is not the case. Although simple complexes such as [Hg(Tbz)I] and [E(Tbz)I3](-) (E = Sb, Bi) can be isolated from the reaction mixtures, subsequent reactions lead to ligand modification or decomposition. In the presence of mercury and antimony we observe the formation of a hitherto unseen cationic pentacyclic heterocycle. With cobalt we observe a small quantity of a product which suggests a more complete decomposition. A simple benzothiazole (bz) adduct [Co(bz)2Cl2] has been identified, in which the Tbz ligand has disintegrated and the parent heterocycle, mercaptobenzothiazole, has been desulfurized. A rationale for these observations is given.
    Inorganic Chemistry 09/2014; 53(19). DOI:10.1021/ic5013236 · 4.79 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Using structurally defined potassium- tetra(alkyl)magnesiates, a new straightforward methodology to promote regioselective Mg-H exchange reactions of a wide range of aromatic and heteroaromatic substrates is disclosed. Contacted ion pair intermediates are likely to be involved, with K being the key to facilitate the magnesiation processes.
    Chemical Communications 09/2014; 50(85). DOI:10.1039/C4CC05305B · 6.72 Impact Factor
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    William J. Kerr, Alan R. Kennedy, Rory Moir, Marc Reid
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    ABSTRACT: Synthesis of a series of iridium(I) complexes of the type [(COD)Ir(IMes)(PPh3)]X (X = BF4, OTf, and BArF) has been established. Application of these species in mild hydrogen isotope exchange processes revealed more efficient catalysis and, further, a wider solvent scope when employing larger, more non-coordinating counterions.
    Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry 09/2014; 12(40). DOI:10.1039/C4OB01570C · 3.49 Impact Factor

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  • 2015
    • Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
      Gratz, Styria, Austria
  • 1996–2015
    • University of Strathclyde
      • Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry
      Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • 2012–2013
    • Universidad Santiago de Cali
      Santiago de Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
    • Erciyes Üniversitesi
      • Department of Physics
      Kayseri, Kayseri, Turkey
  • 2010
    • Spanish National Research Council
      Madrid, Madrid, Spain
    • Kano University of Science & Technology
      Wudil, Kano, Nigeria
  • 2003–2008
    • Universidad de La Laguna
      • Department of Organic Chemistry
      San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Canary Islands, Spain
    • University of Notre Dame
      • Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
      United States
  • 2001
    • Newcastle University
      • School of Chemistry
      Newcastle upon Tyne, ENG, United Kingdom
  • 1998
    • Université René Descartes - Paris 5
      Lutetia Parisorum, Île-de-France, France