Group 2 mediated dehydrocoupling

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This book presents an in-depth study into the utility of -bond metathesis in Group 2 mediated reactivity. A comprehensive introduction defines the state of the art in both Group 2 mediated catalysis and dehydrocoupling. Structural investigations giving rise to a range of mixed s-block metal hydrides including a remarkable dodecabimetallic decahydride are then described. Subsequent extensive mechanistic work focussing on both silicon-nitrogen and boron-nitrogen dehydrocoupling gives insights into both congeneric effects down Group 2 and ligand effects centring upon magnesium. These studies show the striking effects of these factors, as well as the electronic nature of the hydridic coupling partner. Finally, the unprecedented introduction of single-electron transfer steps into Group 2 catalytic manifolds is described. The use of the stable radical TEMPO to induce single-electron transfer to substituents bound to Group 2 centres coupled with -bond metathesis allows a novel hydrogen release from silanes.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages162
ISBN (Electronic)9783319210360
ISBN (Print)9783319210353
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jul 2015

Publication series

NameSpringer Theses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering


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