Facile oxidative addition of N-C and N-H bonds to monovalent rhodium and iridium.
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An investigation of room-temperature oxidative addition of N-C and N-H bonds to RhI and IrI in solution and in the solid state is presented. The rigid, product-adapted framework of the pincer bis(ortho-phosphinoaryl)amine (PNP) ligand may contribute to the ease of the N-C and N-H cleavage. The migration of Me from N of the coordinated amine moiety to Rh proceeds with near-zero entropy of activation in solution. In the solid state, this transformation is a crystal-to-crystal reaction, transforming only one of the two independent molecules of (PN(Me)P)RhCl into (PNP)Rh(Me)Cl.