Understanding the reactivity of strained sandwich compounds with aluminum or gallium in bridging positions: experiments and DFT calculations.

The aluminum and gallium dichlorides (Mamx)ECl(2)1a (E = Al; 82%) and 1b (E = Ga; 79%) (Mamx = 2,4-di-tert-butyl-6-[(dimethylamino)methyl]phenyl) reacted with dilithioferrocene or dilithioruthenocene to give [1]ferrocenophanes (2a, 2b) and [1]ruthenocenophanes (3a, 3b), respectively. The galla[1]ruthenocenophane 3b could be isolated from the reaction… CONTINUE READING