• JAYEETA BHATTACHARJEE

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• Synthesis of monomeric and polymeric alkali and alkaline earth metal complexes using a phosphinoselenoic amide ligand in metal coordination sphere

We report the monomeric complexes of magnesium and calcium of composition [M(THF)$_n${$\eta^2$-Ph2P(Se)N(CMe3)}2] [M= Mg (3), n = 1 andM = Ca (4), n = 2)] and polymeric complexes of potassium and barium of composition [K(THF)2{Ph2P(Se)N(CMe3)}]$_n$ (2) and [K(THF)Ba{Ph2P(Se)N(CMe3)}3]$_n$(5) respectively. The potassium complex 2 was readily prepared by the reaction of potassium bis(trimethylsilyl)amide with phosphinoselenoic amide ligand (1) at ambient temperature. The calcium complex 4 was prepared by two synthetic routes: in the first method, commonly known as salt metathesis reaction, the potassium complex 2 was made to react with alkaline earth metal diiodide at room temperature to afford the corresponding calcium complex. The metal bis(trimethylsilyl)amides were made to react with protic ligand 1 in the second method to eliminate the volatile bis(trimethyl)silyl amine. The magnesium complex 3 and barium complex 5 were prepared only through the first method. Solid-state structures of all the new complexes were established by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The smaller ionic radii of Mg2+ (0.72Å) and Ca2+ (0.99Å) ions form the monomeric complex, whereas the larger ions K+ (1.38Å) and Ba2+ (1.35Å) were found to form onedimensional polymeric complexes with monoanionic ligand 1. Compound 2 serves an example of magnesium complex with a Mg-Se direct bond.

• Syntheses and structures of dimeric sodium and potassium complexes of 2,6-diisopropyl-anilidophosphine borane ligand

We report here the syntheses and structural studies of dimeric sodium and potassium complexes of composition [Na(THF)2{Ph2P(BH3)N(2,6-iPr2C6H6)}]2 (2) and [K(THF)2{Ph2P(BH3)N(2,6-iPr2C6H6)}]2(3). The sodium complex 2 was readily prepared by the reaction of sodium bis(trimethylsilyl)amide with 2,6-diisopropylanilidophosphine-borane ligand [2,6-iPr2C6H3NHP(BH3)Ph2] (1-H) at ambient temperature. The potassium complex 3 was prepared by two synthetic routes: in the first method, the ligand 1-H was made to react with potassium hydride at room temperature to afford the corresponding potassium complex. The potassium bis(trimethylsilyl)amides were made to react with protic ligand 1-H in the second method to eliminate the volatile bis(trimethyl)silyl amine. Solid-state structures of both the new complexes were established by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. In the molecular structures of complexes 2, the sodium metal is coordinated by the anilido nitrogen (𝜂1) and borane group (𝜂1) attached to the phosphorus atom of ligand 1. In contrast, for compound 2, ligand 1 displays 𝜂6𝜋-arene interaction from 2,6-diisopopylphenyl ring with potassium atom along with 𝜂3 interaction of BH3 group due to larger ionic radius of potassium ion.

• Zinc catalyzed Guanylation reaction of Amines with Carbodiimides/ Isocyanate leading to Guanidines/Urea derivatives formation

We report the highly chemo-selective catalytic addition of N–H bonds from various aromaticamines to carbodiimides and isocyanates using (Ar-BIAO)ZnCl2 complexes [Ar-BIAO = N-(aryl)iminoacenapthenone,Ar = 2,6-$Me_{2}C_{6}H_{3}$ (1), 2,4,6 $Me_{3}C_{6}H_{2}$ (2), $2,6-^{i}$ \$Pr_{2}C_{6}_H{3} (3)] as the pre-catalyst to prepareguanidine and urea derivatives in 55-90% yield. The complex 3 showed higher catalytic activity than analogouscomplexes 1 and 2 under similar reaction conditions. The catalytic guanylation of N–H bonds with heterocumulenesdisplays a broad substrate scope. The amines having electron donating groups underwent higher conversionthan the amines having electron withdrawing groups to afford corresponding guanidine or urea derivatives.A possible mechanism involving penta-coordinated zinc transition state for the catalytic reaction is presented.

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Volume 132, 2019
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