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Neutral dinuclear copper(I)-NHC complexes: synthesis and application in the hydrosilylation of ketones

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Michael Trose, Faima Lazreg, Tao Chang, Fady Nahra, David B. Cordes, Alexandra M. Z. Slawin, Catherine S. J. Cazin

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The synthesis of a class of highly stable neutral dinuclear Cu(I)-NHC complexes using 1,2,4-triazole as a bridging ligand is described. Various NHCs were used to generate a library of [Cu(μ-trz)(NHC)]2, complexes. Interestingly, [Cu(μ-trz)(IPr)]2 was found to be highly active in the hydrosilylation of ketones, without the need for an external base or any other additive. A wide range of aryl and alkyl ketones, as well as sterically hindered ketones, was successfully reduced to alcohols using the lowest catalyst loading reported to date.



Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-242
Number of pages5
JournalACS Catalysis
Issue number1
Early online date6 Dec 2016
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jan 2017

    Research areas

  • N-heterocyclic carbenes, Copper(I), Hydrosilylation, Ketones, Dinuclear

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