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Ni(I)–Alkyl Complexes Bearing Phenanthroline Ligands: Experimental Evidence for CO2 Insertion at Ni(I) Centers

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posted on 2020-06-12, 21:43 authored by Rosie J. Somerville, Carlota Odena, Marc F. Obst, Nilay Hazari, Kathrin H. Hopmann, Ruben Martin
Although the catalytic carboxylation of unactivated alkyl electrophiles has reached remarkable levels of sophistication, the intermediacy of (phenanthroline)­Ni­(I)–alkyl speciescomplexes proposed in numerous Ni-catalyzed reductive cross-coupling reactionshas been subject to speculation. Herein we report the synthesis of such elusive (phenanthroline)­Ni­(I) species and their reactivity with CO2, allowing us to address a long-standing question related to Ni-catalyzed carboxylation reactions.