The synthesis and characterisation of the cyclobutyl complex Tp Me2NbCl(c-C4H7)(MeCCMe) completes the family of cycloalkyl complexes TpMe2NbCl(c-CnH2n - 1), n = 3-6. The properties of the cyclobutyl complex are qualitatively similar to those of its cyclopentyl and cyclohexyl analogues, and dramatically different from those of the cyclopropyl derivative. Most conspicuously, the cyclobutyl system has an α-C-H agostic interaction in the dominant isomer, with no evidence for the α-C-C agostic character found for the smaller ring. C-C agostic character therefore seems to be unique to the cyclopropyl complex, where the acute C-C-C angles destabilise the C-C bonding orbitals. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2006.
|Publication status||Published - 23 May 2006|