Iron-PNP-Pincer-Catalyzed Transfer Dehydrogenation of Secondary Alcohols

Svenja Budweg, Zhihong Wei, Haijun Jiao, Kathrin Junge, Matthias Beller

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The well-defined iron PNP pincer complex catalyst [Fe(H)(BH4 )(CO)(HN{CH2 CH2 P(iPr)2 }2 ] was used for the catalytic dehydrogenation of secondary alcohols to give the corresponding ketones. Using acetone as inexpensive hydrogen acceptor enables the oxidation with good to excellent yields. DFT computations indicate an outer-sphere mechanism and support the importance of an acceptor to achieve this transformation under milder conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2988-2993
Number of pages6
Issue number13
StatePublished - 5 Jul 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • homogeneous catalysis
  • iron
  • oxidation
  • pincer ligands
  • transfer dehydrogenation


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