Carbocation containing ligands

The incorporation of Lewis acid moieties within ligands, so-called ambiphilic ligands, has recently been shown to possess unusual coordination properties and to have a strong impact on metal reactivity, inducing unique chemical behavior. So far, Lewis acid-assisted reactivity has been limited mostly to stoichiometric transformations and only a handful of ligand systems exist. The goal of this project is to synthesize complexes containing transition metal – carbocation Z-type interactions. The nature of this novel transition metal – Lewis acid (TM – LA) interaction will be studied and used to perform stoichiometric and catalytic transformations.

Thomas L. Gianetti
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Arizona.
CSML 638, 1306 E. University Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85719
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