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A tridentate pincer ligand featuring a central N-heterocyclic phosphenium (NHP+) donor has been coordinated to a Co(CO)2 fragment to generate the Co NHP complex [PPP]Co(CO)2 (2). The NHP unit adopts an unusual pyramidal geometry with a relatively long Co–P distance, suggesting a stereochemically active nonbonding phosphorus lone pair. Interestingly, treatment of 2 with trimethylamine N-oxide affords [P(P═O)P]Co(CO)2 (3), in which the Co-bound central phosphorus donor has been oxidized to an unprecedented N-heterocyclic phosphinito species. The bonding and electronic properties of these complexes are discussed in the context of DFT and NBO computational data.


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