Carbon-carbon activation by rhodium in solution; sp2-sp 3 is preferred over sp3-sp3 bond cleavage

Shyh Yeon Liou, Michael Gozin, David Milstein

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Reaction of the ethyl-aromatic phosphine 1 with PhRh(PPh3) 3 results in C-H activation, yielding complex 2, which upon treatment with H2 undergoes selective cleavage of the sp2-sp 3 hybridized C-C bond forming ethane and complex 3; Ar-C cleavage is also observed upon reaction of 1 with H2 and [RhCl(C 8H14)2]2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1965-1966
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society, Chemical Communications
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine

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