Alkane dehydrogenation by C-H activation at iridium(III)

Kate E. Allen, D. Michael Heinekey, Alan S. Goldman, Karen I. Goldberg

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Stoichiometric alkane dehydrogenation utilizing an IrIII pincer complex, (dmPhebox)Ir(OAc)2(OH2) (1a), has been described. The reaction between 1a and octane resulted in quantitative formation of (dmPhebox)Ir(OAc)(H) (3a) and octene. At early reaction times 1-octene is the major product, indicative of terminal C-H activation by 1a. In contrast to prior reports of alkane dehydrogenation with Ir, C-H bond activation occurs at IrIII and the dehydrogenation is not inhibited by nitrogen, olefin, or water.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1579-1582
Number of pages4
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Mar 25 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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