Alkyne Semihydrogenation with a Well-Defined Nonclassical Co-H2 Catalyst: A H2 Spin on Isomerization and E-Selectivity

Kenan Tokmic, Alison R. Fout

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The reactivity of a CoI-H2 complex was extended toward the semihydrogenation of internal alkynes. Under ambient temperatures and moderate pressures of H2, a broad scope of alkynes were semihydrogenated using a CoI-N2 precatalyst, resulting in the formation of trans-alkene products. Furthermore, mechanistic studies using 1H, 2H, and para-hydrogen induced polarization (PHIP) transfer NMR spectroscopy revealed cis-hydrogenation of the alkyne occurs first. The Co-mediated alkene isomerization afforded the E-selective products from a broad group of alkynes with good yields and E/Z selectivity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13700-13705
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number41
StatePublished - Oct 19 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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