The insertion and ring opening of methylenecyclopropane (MCP) catalyzed by Cp2LnH (Ln = La and Lu) was investigated using DFT method. Geometries and energies of the reactants, minima, and transition states for this reaction were obtained. The present study indicates the formation of Cp2LaH-MCP complex followed by 1,2-insertion through a tetrahedral transition state with subsequent ring opening at the proximal bond via hydrogen transfer transition state resulting in the formation of the final product.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry