Mono- and binuclear ruthenium(II) complexes containing pyridine-2,6-diimine (Pydim) ligands: Synthesis, characterization and catalytic activity in the transfer hydrogenation of acetophenone

Dayan O., Cetinkaya B.

JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR CATALYSIS A-CHEMICAL, vol.271, pp.134-141, 2007 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


A series of neutral mono- and binuclear Ru(II) complexes: [PydimCl(2)RuL] (Pydim (1) pyridine-2,6-diimine; (2) L = NCMe; (3) L = PPh3) and [PydimCl(2)Ru(L-L)RuCl(2)Pydim] (4) L-L = pyrazine; (5) L-L = 4,4'-bipyridine) have been synthesized from the corresponding (p-cymene)ruthenium dichloride dimer, pydim and ancillary ligands L and L-L, respectively. The Pydim-Ru(II) complexes have been employed as catalysts for the transfer hydrogenation of acetophenone in the presence of KOH using 2-propanol as a hydrogen source. Ligand substitution studies indicate that there is a significant difference in reactivity between complexes containing L/L-L and Pydim. Yields of up to 93% were obtained after 5 min at 82 degrees C. (C) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.