b-Diiminate Complexes


b-Diiminates are wonderful ligands:

Formally, the b-diiminate anion is a 4-electron s-donor, but much of its chemistry can be rationalized more easily by assuming that the ligand is also a strong p-donor. Thus, it shows definite analogies with Cp* in its chemistry with Rh and other metals.

We are currently (still) exploring the remarkable chemistry of this ligand with the platinum metals. For relevant papers, see numbers 158, 155, 148, 145 and 140 of my publication list.