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.