Recent advances in alkane dehydrogenation catalyzed by pincer complexes

Akshai Kumar, Alan S. Goldman

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Olefins are ubiquitous intermediates in the production of fuels and commodity chemicals. Accordingly, the development of methods for the selective dehydrogenation of alkanes to give olefins is a goal with great potential value. Molecular (homogeneous) catalysts appear quite promising in this respect. Great advances have been seen with pincer-ligated catalysts since the mid-1990s, particularly (but not exclusively) with iridium complexes. In this chapter we give an overview of this productive area of research, with emphasis on recent progress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-334
Number of pages28
JournalTopics in Organometallic Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Alkane functionalization
  • Alkane metathesis
  • Alkylarenes
  • C-H bond activation
  • Dehydrogenation
  • Pincer catalysts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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