Self-oxidation of a phenolate complex to a bimetallic stilbene quinone

Milko E. Van Der Boom, Tatiana Zubkov, Atindra D. Shukla, Boris Rybtchinski, Linda J.W. Shimon, Haim Rozenberg, Yehoshoa Ben-David, David Milstein

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Do-it-yourself oxidation: The RhIII complex 1 undergoes a self-oxidative coupling process, in which the phenolate oxygen atom serves as the oxidant, to give 2 and the hydride complex 3 (2:3 = 1:3). This reaction involves cleavage of a strong aryl-oxygen bond. X-ray analysis of 2 reveals that the two quinonoid C=O bonds are n2-coordinated to the metal centers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5961-5963
Number of pages3
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number44
Publication statusPublished - Nov 12 2004


  • C-O activation
  • Iridium
  • Quinones
  • Rhodium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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