n-Alkyl arenes were prepared in a one-pot tandem dehydrogenation/olefin metathesis/hydrogenation sequence directly from alkanes and ethylbenzene. Excellent selectivity was observed when (tBuPCP)IrH2 was paired with tungsten monoaryloxide pyrrolide complexes such as W(NAr)(C 3H6)(pyr)(OHIPT) (1a) [Ar = 2,6-i-Pr2C 6H3; pyr = pyrrolide; OHIPT = 2,6-(2,4,6-i-Pr 3C6H2)2C6H3O]. Complex 1a was also especially active in n-octane self-metathesis, providing the highest product concentrations reported to date. The thermal stability of selected olefin metathesis catalysts allowed elevated temperatures and extended reaction times to be employed.
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- Colloid and Surface Chemistry