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Development of Platinum(II) and -(IV) CNC Pincer Complexes and Their Application in a Hydrovinylation Reaction

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posted on 2011-04-11, 00:00 authored by Daniel Serra, Peng Cao, José Cabrera, Robin Padilla, Frank Rominger, Michael Limbach
A series of new, dicationic platinum(II) CNC pincer complexes were prepared and characterized by NMR and X-ray diffraction analysis. Oxidative addition of methyl iodide and iodine yielded the mostly unstable platinum(IV) complexes, which readily underwent reductive elimination to yield the platinum(II) precursors. Nonetheless, a platinum(IV) iodide adduct was isolated and was characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis. Additionally, a platinum(II) ethylene complex was isolated and found to be a moderately active yet highly selective catalyst in the co-dimerization of 2-methyl-2-butene with ethylene.