Research Article: Room-Temperature-Stable Magnesium Electride
The CHOCO group has collaborated with ICIQ (Spain) to investigate the reactivity of bypiridine ligands in Ni-catalysed reductive coupling reactions.
Herein, we report the synthesis of highly reduced bipyridyl magnesium complexes and the first example of a stable organic magnesium electride supported by quantum mechanical computations and X-ray diffraction. These complexes serve as unconventional homogeneous reductants due to their high solubility, modular redox potentials, and formation of insoluble, non-coordinating byproducts. The applicability of these reductants is showcased by accessing low-valent (bipy)2Ni(0) species that are challenging to access otherwise.