The (porphinato)irons promote the reduction of alkenes and alkynes with NaBH4 in anaerobic benzene-ethanol. Styrene is reduced to 2,3-diphenylbutane and ethylbenzene, whose precursors have been assumed to be the (σ-alkyl)iron(III) and -iron(II) porphyrin complexes, respectively. The (σ-alkyl)iron(III) porphyrin complex has the reactivity of the alkyl radical while the (σ-alkyl)iron(II) porphyrin complex shows the nature of the carbanion.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry