(σ-Alkyl)iron Complexes as Intermediates in (Porphinato)iron-Mediated Reduction of Alkenes and Alkynes with Sodium Borohydride

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2059-2064
Number of pages6
JournalOrganometallics
Volume12
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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