Synthesis and structural characterisation of the mixed lithium–magnesium amide, [{PhCH2(Me2NCH2CH2)N}4Li2Mg]: a new type of magnesiate complex free of a donor solvent as ligand

W. Clegg, Kenneth W. Henderson, Robert Mulvey, P.A. O'Neil

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A mixture of the alkyl(amido)magnesium compound, [PhCH2(Me2NCH2CH2)NMgBun], the secondary amine, [PhCH2(Me2NCH2CH2)NH], and the alkyl lithium, (Bu(n)Li), produces the lithium amidomagnesiate, [{PhCH2(Me2NCH2CH2)N}4Li2Mg] which is shown by an X-ray diffraction study to have intramolecular (tertiary amine) N-Li coordinations in the solid state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)969-970
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jun 1993


  • aryl compounds
  • metal alkyl
  • crystal structure

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