The First Bismuth–NHC Complexes

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Aprile, A., Corbo, R., Vin Tan, K., Wilson, D. J., & Dutton, J. L. (2014). The first bismuth–NHC complexes. Dalton Transactions: The International Journal for Inorganic, Organometallic and Bioinorganic Chemistry, 43(2), 764-768. doi:10.1039/c3dt52715h



The synthesis, isolation and crystallographic characterization of the first N-heterocyclic carbene adducts of bismuth is reported, by direct reaction of the Dipp2NHC (Dipp = 2,6-diisopropylphenyl) or iPr2(Me2)- NHC with BiCl3. This represents the last non-radioactive element from groups 13–17 for which an NHC– element fragment remained unreported.


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At the time of writing David Wilson was affiliated with Avondale College as a Conjoint Lecturer.