Volume 88 Issue 37 | p. 27 | Concentrates
Issue Date: September 13, 2010

'Nindigo': A New Ligand Architecture

Treating the dye molecule indigo with substituted anilines leads to two diketimine binding sites in one ligand
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: diketiminate, nacnac, indigo, palladium complex

By applying standard carbonyl-to-imine conversion chemistry to the famous dye molecule indigo, a team of chemists led by Robin G. Hicks of the University of Victoria, in British Columbia, has created a ligand with two β-diketimine metal-binding sites fused together in a bridging architecture (Chem. Commun. 2010, 46, 6753). The diketimine structural motif in which a pair of nitrogen atoms binds a metal is popular for its easy construction and for its tunability . . .

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