A high-valent Ru-PCP pincer catalyst for hydrosilylation reactions

Shrouq Mujahed, Davide Gandolfo, Luigi Vaccaro*, Evgueni Kirillov, Dmitri Gelman

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In this communication, we report on successfully applying a high-valent Ru(IV) bifunctional catalyst (1) for the hydrosilylation of carbonyl compounds, carboxylic acids, esters, nitriles, and nitroarenes. We found that high-valent hydride complexes can be regarded as “hard” nucleophiles, unlike more conventional low-valent counterparts. They demonstrate high chemoselectivity and affinity to reducing polar bonds over nonpolar ones. The scope and limitations of the method, as well as the plausible mechanism of the reaction, are described.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number113686
JournalMolecular Catalysis
StatePublished - 15 Jan 2024

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  • high-valent ruthenium
  • hydrosilylation of esters
  • pincer complexes cooperative catalysis


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