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Bridging Binding Modes of Phosphine-Stabilized Nitrous Oxide to Zn(C6F5)2


  • D.W.S. gratefully acknowledges the financial support of NSERC of Canada and the award of a Canada Research Chair and a Killam Research Fellowship. E.O. is grateful for the support of a Rubicon postdoctoral fellowship from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). R.C.N. is grateful for the award of an NSERC of Canada scholarship.


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Just say NNO: Reaction of [tBu3PN2O(B(C6H4F)3)] with 1, 1.5, or 2 equivalents of Zn(C6F5)2 affords the species [{tBu3PN2OZn(C6F5)2}2], [{tBu3PN2OZn(C6F5)2}2Zn(C6F5)2], and [tBu3PN2O{Zn(C6F5)2}2] (see structure; red Zn (large sphere), O (small sphere), green N, yellow P) displaying unique binding modes of Zn to the phosphine-stabilized N2O fragment.