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Atsushi Kaiho and Prof. Hiroharu Suzuki Reversible Insertion of 1,3-Di-tert-butylimidazol-2-ylidene into a Ru[BOND]H Bond and Bimetallic Activation of a N[BOND]C Bond of Imidazoline Angewandte Chemie International Edition 51

Article first published online: 30 DEC 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201107889

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Reversible insertion of NHC: 1,3-Di-tert-butylimidazol-2-ylidene was inserted into a ruthenium–hydride bond of [Cp*Ru(μ-H)4RuCp*] to form a 4-imidazoline complex that underwent a dynamic process, namely 1,3-migratory pendulum motion of the 4-imidazoline ligand (see scheme). Bimetallic-system-assisted N[BOND]C bond cleavage of the imidazoline ligand proceeded to generate a pseudo-diazaruthenacycle.

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