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Bimetallic cleavage of aromatic C-H bonds by rare-earth-metal complexes

  • Author(s): Huang, W
  • Dulong, F
  • Khan, SI
  • Cantat, T
  • Diaconescu, PL
  • et al.

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© 2014 American Chemical Society. A new type of C-H bond activation mediated by rare-earth metals under reducing conditions is reported. The synergy between reductants and rare-earth-metal complexes allows the cleavage of unactivated aromatic C-H bonds. The reaction between rare-earth-metal iodides supported by a 1,1′-ferrocenediamide ligand and potassium graphite in benzene leads to the formation of a 1:1 metal molar ratio of the corresponding metal hydride and metal phenyl complex. A proposed mechanism involving an inverse sandwich arene bimetallic intermediate is supported by experimental and computational studies.

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