Revealing unbound β-diketiminate anions: structural dynamics from caesium complexes

Hellen Videa, Antonio J. Martínez-Martínez Dalton Trans., 2023, DOI

This study reports the first structural elucidation of β-diketiminate anions (BDI−), known for strong coordination, in their unbound form within caesium complexes. β-Diketiminate caesium salts (BDICs) were synthesised, and upon the addition of Lewis donor ligands, free BDI− anions and donor-solvated Cs+ cations were observed. Notably, the liberated BDI− anions exhibited an unprecedented dynamic cisoid–transoid exchange in solution.