Catalytic hydrogenation of alkenes by the ruthenium-carbene complex HRu(CO)Cl(PCy3)(IMes) IMes = bis(1,3-(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)imidazol-2-ylidene)

Hon Man Lee, Dale C. Smith, Zhengjie He, Edwin D. Stevens, Chae S. Yi, Steven P. Nolan

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Using an exchange reaction involving one PCy3 ligand in HRu(CO)Cl(PCy3)2 (D for one IMes, a ruthenium-hydride complex HRu(CO)Cl(PCy3)(IMes) (2) has been prepared. Complex 2 is an active catalyst in the hydrogenation of alkenes. A TON of 24 000 h-1 has been obtained at 100 °C under 4 atm of hydrogen. Addition of HBF4·OEt2 as cocatalyst enhanced the catalytic activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)794-797
Number of pages4
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Feb 19

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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