Organometallic molecule-support interactions. Highly active organozirconium hydrogenation catalysts and the formation of cationic species on alumina surfaces

Klaus Hermann Dahmen, David Hedden, Robert L. Burwell, Tobin J Marks

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We communicate here that several classes of cyclopentadienylzirconium alkyls, when adsorbed on alumina, yield highly active catalysts for olefin hydrogenation. The results demonstrate that highly active organozirconium catalysts can be generated on a Lewis acid surface that is also active for methyl group abstraction. Although an absolutely rigorous identification of the catalytically active sites as electrophilic, unsaturated cations cannot be made, the data in combination with supported actinide and model solution studies offer increasingly persuasive support for this description.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1212-1214
Number of pages3
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1988


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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