Peripheral functionalisation of the nickel(II) complex of a tetradentate (N3O) ligand via a pendant amine substituent

James H. Cameron, Heather B. Harvey, John J. Liggat, Ian Soutar

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The reactivity of the nickel(II) complex (1) of a tetradentate (N3O) ligand containing a pendant amine group has been demonstrated by reaction with a variety of electrophilic reagents, including iodomethane, acetyl chloride, benzoyl chloride, 4-vinylbenzoyl chloride, acryloyl chloride, toluene-p-sulphonyl chloride, N-acryloylsuccinimide, and the copolymer of N-acryloylsuccinimide and n-butyl acrylate, yielding a series of new complexes. The complex containing a p-vinylbenzoyl substituent group behaved as a comonomer in free-radical-initiated copolymerisation with methyl methacrylate to produce a polymer containing a covalently bound complex. A new fifteen-membered asymmetric macrocyclic complex has been prepared by the self-condensation reaction of complex (1).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2029-2034
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society, Dalton Transactions
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1990


  • peripheral functionalisation
  • nickel(II) complex

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