Unexpected Formation of a Molecular Tetraalkyl Nickel Complex from an Olefin/Nickel(0) System



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Four thought: The first nickel(IV) complex that contains only alkyl ligands (see picture) was serendipitously obtained in a reaction between a nickel(0) species and a strained diolefin. The twisted conformation of the ligand provides the necessary steric shielding to stabilize the complex. DFT calculations show this conformation to be the ground state and NMR spectra indicate the diamagnetic nature and high oxidation state of the nickel center.