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Reductive cleavage of P-4 by iron(I) centres: synthesis and structural characterisation of Fe-2(P-2)(2) complexes with two bridging P-2(2-) ligands

Yao, Shenglai; Szilvási, Tibor; Lindenmaier, Nils; Xiong, Yun; Inoue, Shigeyoshi; Adelhardt, Mario; Sutter, Jörg; Meyer, Karsten; Drieß, Matthias

The selective transformation of white phosphorus with a beta-diketiminato iron(I) toluene complex under mild reaction conditions is reported which furnishes a new dinuclear iron(III) Fe-2(P-2)(2) complex with two bridging P-2(2-) ligands. Its reduction with potassium results in the formation of the first delocalised mixed-valent bis-diphosphido iron(II,III) complex which is isostructural with the neutral Fe2P4 precursor.
Published in: Chemical communications, 10.1039/c5cc00147a, Royal Society of Chemistry