A highly stable adamantyl-substituted pincer-ligated iridium catalyst for alkane dehydrogenation

Benudhar Punji, Thomas J. Emge, Alan S. Goldman

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The adamantyl-substituted pincer-ligand precursor AdPCP-H [(AdPCP = κ3-C6H3-2,6-(CH 2PAd2)2); Ad = 1-adamantyl] has been synthesized by the reaction of 1,3-dibromoxylene with di-1-adamantylphosphine in the presence of triethylamine. Treatment of AdPCP-H with [Ir(COD)Cl]2 (COD = 1,5-cyclooctadiene) affords the pincer-ligated complex (AdPCP)IrHCl, which was crystallographically characterized. Dehydrohalogenation of (AdPCP)IrHCl either with LiBEt3H or with KOtBu, under hydrogen atmosphere, yields the hydrides ( AdPCP)IrH2 and (AdPCP)IrH4. ( AdPCP)IrH2 catalyzes dehydrogenation of alkanes with a level of activity comparable to that of the previously reported ( tBuPCP)IrH2, while it is thermally much more robust than the tBuPCP analogue, as well as iPrPCP or tBuPOCOP pincer complexes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2702-2709
Number of pages8
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Jun 28 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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