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Lithium anilide complexed by pmdeta : expectation of a simple monomer, but in reality an odd trinuclear composition combining three-, four- and five-coordinate lithium

Barr, Donald and Clegg, William and Cowton, Lucy and Horsburgh, Lynn and Mackenzie, Fiona M. and Mulvey, Robert (1995) Lithium anilide complexed by pmdeta : expectation of a simple monomer, but in reality an odd trinuclear composition combining three-, four- and five-coordinate lithium. Journal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications, 1995 (8). pp. 891-892. ISSN 0022-4936

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Abstract

Lithium structural chemistry continues to surprise as highlighted here by the reaction of Bu(n)Li, aniline and pmdeta, which by analogy with related systems, should yield a simple monomeric complex, when, in fact, an unprecedented trinuclear formulation is produced; in contrast, the corresponding Na system falls into line with predictions, in yielding a dimeric product.