Synthesis and structural aspects of gallium compounds containing tridentate pincer type pyrrolyl ligands: Intramolecular hydrogen bonding of gallium aryloxides

Yu Tang Wang, Yi Chien Lin, Shu Ya Hsu, Ren Yung Chen, Pei Hsin Liu, Amitabha Datta, Chia Her Lin, Jui Hsien Huang

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A series of gallium derivatives incorporating with pincer type tridentate symmetric and asymmetric pyrrolyl ligands are conveniently synthesized. Compilation of a symmetrical tridentate pyrrole ligand, [C4H 2NH-(2,5-CH2NHtBu)2] (1) with one equiv of n-BuLi in heptane generates lithiated 1 that turns to Ga[C 4H2N-(2,5-CH2NHtBu) 2]Cl2 (2) subjecting the addition of GaCl 3/ether suspension into diethyl ether. Reacting 2 with two equiv of lithium reagents (LiR) in same solvent originates a series of gallium compounds Ga[C4H2N-(2,5-CH2NHtBu) 2]R2 (3, R = Me; 4, R = O-C6H4-4-Me; 5, R = O-C6H3-2,6-Me2) in moderate yield through metathesis reactions. Furthermore, the combination of a tridentate asymmetrical pyrrole ligand, [C4H2NH(2-CH 2NHtBu)(5-CH2NMe2)] and n-BuLi initiates the lithiated 6 that undergoes the formation of a penta-coordinated gallium compound GaCl2[C4H2N(2-CH 2NHtBu)(5-CH2NMe2)] (7) while reacting with GaCl3. Furthermore, reacting 7 with two equivs of MeLi affords the gallium-alkyl compound, GaMe2[C4H 2N(2-CH2NHtBu)(5-CH2NMe 2)] (8) in high yield. The Ga-derivatives are characterized by 1H and 13C NMR spectroscopy and the molecular structures of 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 are determined by single crystal X-ray diffractometry in solid state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-17
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Aug 8


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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