Development and Mechanistic Study of a New Aldehyde Decarbonylation Catalyst

Faraj Abu-Hasanayn, Martin E. Goldman, Alan S. Goldman

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Rh2(PMe3)2(CO)2Cl2 (2) has been found to catalyze the decarbonylation of aldehydes to give the corresponding alkanes. Reaction rates are comparable to those of the most active nonradical systems previously reported. A mechanistic study indicates that the turnover-limiting reaction step includes addition of the aldehydic C-H bond to an intact molecule of 2; ligand dissociation or cleavage of the chloride bridge does not occur prior to the C-H addition step. This conclusion is based on kinetic studies (d[R′H]/dr = kobs[2] [R′CHO]; R′ = n-C11H23; kobs = 2.2 × 10-4 M-1 s-1; ΔS = -26 eu) and the observation of a significant kinetic isotope effect (kRCHO/RCDO > 1.8).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2520-2524
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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