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Journal of the American Chemical Society
Salt metathesis reactions of Cp2(NR2)ZrX (X = Cl, I, OTf) and lithium hydrosilazides ultimately afford hydride products Cp2(NR2)ZrH that suggest unusual β-hydrogen elimination processes. A likely intermediate in one of these reactions, Cp2Zr[N(SiHMe2)t-Bu][N(SiHMe2)2], is isolated under controlled synthetic conditions. Addition of alkali metal salts to this zirconium hydrosilazide compound produces the corresponding zirconium hydride. However as conditions are varied, a number of other pathways are also accessible, including C–H/Si–H dehydrocoupling, γ-abstraction of a CH, and β-abstraction of a SiH. Our observations suggest that the conversion of (hydrosilazido)zirconocene to zirconium hydride and silanimine does not follow the classical four-center mechanism for β-elimination.
American Chemical Society
Yan, KaKing; Ellern, Arkady; and Sadow, Aaron D., "Nonclassical β-Hydrogen Elimination of Hydrosilazido Zirconium Compounds via Direct Hydrogen Transfer" (2012). Chemistry Publications. 210.