Aldehyde binding through reversible C-C coupling with the pincer ligand upon alcohol dehydrogenation by a PNP-ruthenium catalyst

Michael Montag, Jing Zhang, David Milstein

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Primary alcohol dehydrogenation by a PNP-Ru(II) catalyst was probed by low-temperature NMR experiments. Facile dehydrogenation occurred at -30 °C, but the resulting aldehydes were not found in solution, as they were trapped by the catalyst through a new mode of metal-ligand cooperation involving Ru-O coordination and an unusual, highly reversible C-C coupling with the PNP pincer ligand.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10325-10328
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number25
Publication statusPublished - Jun 27 2012


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Catalysis
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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