Synthesis and Structure of Novel MnIII and Mnv Complexes: Development of a New, Mild Method for Forming Mn[TRIPLE BOND]N Bonds


  • J. D. B. is grateful to the National Science Foundation for a predoctoral fellowship. J. H. thanks Pfizer for the gracious award of a Pfizer Undergraduate Summer Fellowship. This research was supported by generous grants from the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, the National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation, Merck, Pfizer, and Upjohn.


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Novel reagents for olefin amination—A new class of manganese(V) nitrides containing Schiff bases as ligands was prepared from the corresponding MnIII complexes following a new oxidative procedure. Structures of examples of both the MnIII starting material and the Mnv product have been confirmed by X-ray crystallography. These Mn[TRIPLE BOND]N complexes such as 1 are potentially effective reagents for nitrogen-atom transfer, as could be demonstrated by the reaction with styrene.