Fabrizio Zanobini

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The novel iridium(III) hydride [(kappa(3)-P,P,P-NP(3))IrH(3)] [NP(3) = N(CH(2)CH(2)PPh(2))(3)] was synthesized and characterized by spectroscopic methods and X-ray crystallography. Its reactivity with strong (HBF(4)) and medium-strength [the fluorinated alcohols 1,1,1-trifluoroethanol (TFE) and 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoroisopropanol (HFIP)] proton donors was(More)
The reactions of the octahedral dihydrido complexes [MH(2)(PP(3))] [M=Fe, Ru, Os; PP(3)=P(CH(2)CH(2)PPh(2))(3)] with a variety of weak ROH acids have been studied by IR and NMR methods in either CH(2)Cl(2) or THF in the temperature range from 190 to 290 K. This study has allowed the determination of the spectral and thermodynamic properties associated with(More)
Combining variable-temperature infrared and NMR spectroscopic studies with quantum-chemical calculations (density functional theory (DFT) and natural bond orbital) allowed us to address the problem of competition between MH (M = transition metal) and BH hydrogens as proton-accepting sites in dihydrogen bond (DHB) and to unravel the mechanism of proton(More)
The comparison of the very similar compounds (Ph(3)P)(2)Pt(mu-S)(2)Pt(PPh(3))(2) (1) and (Ph(2)PyP)(2)Pt(mu-S)(2)Pt(PPh(2)Py)(2) (2) raises intriguing questions about the reliability of the reported Pt(2)S(2) core in 1, where the Pt-S bonds are the shortest ever reported. Also, the trans-annular S...S separation of 2.69 A is surprisingly shorter in 1 than(More)
Catalytic dehydrogenation of ammonia-borane (NH(3)·BH(3), AB) and dimethylamine borane (NHMe(2)·BH(3), DMAB) by the Pd(II) complex [((tBu)PCP)Pd(H(2)O)]PF(6) [(tBu)PCP = 2,6-C(6)H(3)(CH(2)P(t)Bu(2))(2)] leads to oligomerization and formation of spent fuels of general formula cyclo-[BH(2)-NR(2)](n) (n = 2,3; R = H, Me) as reaction byproducts, while one(More)
Reaction of the pincer hydride complex ((tBu)PCP)Ni(H) [(tBu)PCP = 2,6-C(6)H(3)(CH(2)P(t)Bu(2))(2)] with BH(3)·thf in THF at 190 K generates the corresponding borohydride complex ((tBu)PCP)Ni(BH(4)). The kinetically stable (but thermodynamically unstable) species undergoes reversible borane loss. The related fluoride complex ((tBu)PCP)Ni(F) shows the same(More)
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