A new class of Janus-like ambiphilic ligands is introduced. The rigid diferrocene backbone in heterocycles 4-SnP and 4-BP creates an unprecedented chiral environment as demonstrated by multinuclear NMR and single-crystal X-ray studies. In addition, the ligands are redox-responsive and the Lewis acidic borane moiety in 4-BP can be exploited to further tune the properties: a clear decrease in the CO stretching frequency of a Vaska-type RhI complex 5-BP is observed upon addition of fluoride ions. Thus, the Lewis acid and Lewis base sites influence each other and their strength can be modulated by redox chemistry and anion binding.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Lewis acids
- ambiphilic ligands
- planar chirality
- redox activity