A1 Journal article (refereed)
Reversible, room-temperature C-C bond activation of benzene by an isolable metal complex (2019)

Hicks, J., Vasko, P., Goicoechea, J. M., & Aldridge, S. (2019). Reversible, room-temperature C-C bond activation of benzene by an isolable metal complex. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 141(28), 11000-11003. https://doi.org/10.1021/jacs.9b05925

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All authors or editors: Hicks, Jamie; Vasko, Petra; Goicoechea, Jose Manuel; Aldridge, Simon

Journal or series: Journal of the American Chemical Society

ISSN: 0002-7863

eISSN: 1520-5126

Publication year: 2019

Volume: 141

Issue number: 28

Pages range: 11000-11003

Publisher: American Chemical Society

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1021/jacs.9b05925

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/67793


The activation of C-C bonds is of fundamental interest in the construction of complex molecules from petrochemical feedstocks. In the case of the archetypal aromatic hydrocarbon benzene, C-C cleavage is thermodynamically disfavoured, and is brought about only by transient highly reactive species generated in situ. Here we show that the oxidative addition of the C-C bond in benzene by an isolated metal complex is not only possible, but occurs at room temperature and reversibly at a single aluminium centre in [(NON)Al]- (where NON = 4,5-bis(2,6-diisopropylanilido)-2,7-di-tert-butyl-9,9-dimethylxanthene). Selectivity over C-H bond activation is achieved kinetically and allows for the generation of functionalized acyclic products from benzene.

Free keywords: C-C bonds

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Reporting Year: 2019

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