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Exceptionally Active Assembled Dinuclear Ruthenium(II)-NNN Complex Catalysts for Transfer Hydrogenation of Ketones

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posted on 07.07.2017, 16:39 by Tingting Liu, Huining Chai, Liandi Wang, Zhengkun Yu
Dinuclear ruthenium­(II)-NNN complexes were efficiently assembled by means of coordinatively unsaturated 16-electron mononuclear ruthenium­(II)-pyrazolyl-imidazolyl-pyridine complex and 4,4′-linked bipyridine ligands. The diruthenium­(II)-NNN complex assembled through 4,4′-(CH2)3-bipyridine exhibited exceptionally high catalytic activity for the transfer hydrogenation (TH) of ketones in refluxing 2-propanol and reached TOF values up to 1.4 × 107 h–1, demonstrating a remarkable cooperative effect from the ruthenium­(II)-NNN functionalities.