Synthesis and X-ray crystallographic characterisation of o-phenylenediamidomagnesium·tetrahydrofuran: the first octahedral Mg6 cluster

W. Clegg, Michael Frank, Robert Mulvey, P.A. O'Neil

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Crystals of o-phenylenediamidomagnesium tetrahydrofuran prepared at the interface of a sec-butyl-n-butyl magnesium in heptane-o-phenylenediamine in THF bilayered solution, have been shown by an X-ray diffraction study to consist of unprecedented, discrete octahedral Mg-6 clusters, held in place by six bridging, divalent, N-bonding ligands, and solvated by THF molecules to give the Mg atoms a five-coordinate, square-based pyramidal geometry overall.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-98
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 1994


  • structural analysis
  • amides
  • reagent

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