Selective decarbonylation by a pincer PCP-rhodium(I) complex

Kuo Wei Huang, David C. Grills, Joseph H. Han, David J. Szalda, Etsuko Fujita

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Here we report a highly selective stoichiometric decarbonylation reaction for alkylformates and alkynyl aldehydes by a rhodium-dinitrogen complex (PCP-Rh-N2) at room temperature. While electronic effects of the substrates cannot be completely ruled out, the selectivity is rationalized by a steric effect, consistent with the results of an X-ray crystallographic study and density functional theory (DFT) modeling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3327-3331
Number of pages5
JournalInorganica Chimica Acta
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Jul 27 2008


  • Pincer
  • Rhodium
  • Selective decarbonylation
  • Steric effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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