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Single-Site Zeolite-Anchored Organoiridium Carbonyl Complexes: Characterization of Structure and Reactivity by Spectroscopy and Computational Chemistry.

  • Author(s): Martinez-Macias, Claudia
  • Chen, Mingyang
  • Dixon, David A
  • Gates, Bruce C
  • et al.

A family of HY zeolite-supported cationic organoiridium carbonyl complexes was formed by reaction of Ir(CO)2 (acac) (acac=acetylacetonate) to form supported Ir(CO)2 complexes, which were treated at 298 K and 1 atm with flowing gas-phase reactants, including C2 H4 , H2 , (12) CO, (13) CO, and D2 O. Mass spectrometry was used to identify effluent gases, and infrared and X-ray absorption spectroscopies were used to characterize the supported species, with the results bolstered by DFT calculations. Because the support is crystalline and presents a nearly uniform array of bonding sites for the iridium species, these were characterized by a high degree of uniformity, which allowed a precise determination of the species involved in the replacement, for example, of one CO ligand of each Ir(CO)2 complex with ethylene. The supported species include the following: Ir(CO)2 , Ir(CO)(C2 H4)2 , Ir(CO)(C2 H4), Ir(CO)(C2 H5), and (tentatively) Ir(CO)(H). The data determine a reaction network involving all of these species.

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