Organometallic complexes containing non-innocent ligands of the type Cp*Ir(tBAFPh)(1), where H2tBAFPh is 2-(2-trifluoromethyl)anilino-4,6-di-tert-butylphenol, were found to activate H2 in a redox-switchable manner. The 16e- complex 1 was inert with respect to H2, CO, as well as conventional basic substrates until oxidation. Oxidation of 16-electron 1 with 1 equiv of Ag+ resulted in ligand-centered oxidation affording salts of +, which were characterized by crystallographically, EPR, and elemental analyses. + was reduced to 1 in the presence of H2 and the sterically hindered base, 2,6-(tBu)2C5H3N, via a pathway that is first-order in both metal and dihydrogen. Compound + forms adducts with MeCN, which inhibits catalysis. The catalytic oxidation of H2 was established by electrochemical methods to be associated with the monocation.
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