Selective Dehydrogenative Coupling of Ethylene to Butadiene via an Iridacyclopentane Complex

Yang Gao, Thomas J. Emge, Karsten Krogh-Jespersen, Alan S Goldman

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An iridium complex is found to catalyze the selective dehydrogenative coupling of ethylene to 1,3-butadiene. The key intermediate, and a major resting state, is an iridacyclopentane that undergoes a surprisingly facile β-H elimination, enabled by a partial dechelation (κ32) of the supporting 3,5-dimethylphenyl-2,6-bis(oxazolinyl) ligand.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2260-2264
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Feb 14 2018


ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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