A stable tetraalkyl complex of nickel(IV)

Matthew Carnes, Daniela Buccella, Judy Y.C. Chen, Arthur P. Ramirez, Nicholas J. Turro, Colin Nuckolls, Michael Steigerwald

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Ni takes a load off: Nickel(0) and a strained alkene react to form a stable tris(alkene) complex, which eliminates the corresponding trans,trans,trans- cyclobutane upon heating. A higher proportion of alkene to Ni0 precursor yielded the first all-alkyl complex of nickel(IV) (see structure; Ni: green). These reactions, which involve ligand coupling, are driven by relief of ring strain in the alkene. (Figure Presented).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)290-294
Number of pages5
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 2 2009


  • Alkene ligands
  • Cycloaddition
  • Nickel
  • Organometallic compounds

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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    Carnes, M., Buccella, D., Chen, J. Y. C., Ramirez, A. P., Turro, N. J., Nuckolls, C., & Steigerwald, M. (2009). A stable tetraalkyl complex of nickel(IV). Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, 48(2), 290-294. https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.200804435