Reduction of 1,3,5,7-Cyclooctatetraene by a Molecular Calcium Hydride: An Even Electron Polarised Insertion/Deprotonation Mechanism

Michael Hill, Andrew Wilson, Mary Mahon, Laurent Maron, Emma Richards

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Reaction of a dimeric β-diketiminato calcium hydride with 1,3,5,7-cyclooctatetraene enables two electron aromatisation of the [8]annulene to provide an inverse sandwich dicalcium cyclooctatetraenyl derivative. This reactivity does not proceed through sequential single electron transfer but via a consecutive polarised Ca-H/CC insertion and deprotonation pathway that occurs at the intact dimeric hydride reagent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5732-5735
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number40
Early online date17 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - 18 May 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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