“Inverse” Frustrated Lewis Pairs: An Inverse FLP Approach to the Catalytic Metal Free Hydrogenation of Ketones

Suresh Mummadi, Amandeep Brar, Guoqiang Wang, Dustin Kenefake, Rony Diaz, Daniel K. Unruh, Shuhua Li, Clemens Krempner

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Abstract

For the first time have boron-containing weak Lewis acids been demonstrated to be active components of Frustrated Lewis Pair (FLP) catalysts in the hydrogenation of ketones to alcohols. Combining the organosuperbase (pyrr)3P=NtBu with the Lewis acid 9-(4-CF3-C6H4)-BBN generated an “inverse” FLP catalyst capable of hydrogenating a range of aliphatic and aromatic ketones including N-, O- and S-functionalized substrates and bio-mass derived ethyl levulinate. Initial computational and experimental studies indicate the mechanism of catalytic hydrogenation with “inverse” FLPs to be different from conventional FLP catalysts that contain strong Lewis acids such as B(C6F5)3.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16526-16531
Number of pages6
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Volume24
Issue number62
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 7 2018

Keywords

  • catalytic hydrogenation
  • frustrated Lewis Pair
  • hydrogen cleavage
  • ketones
  • metal-free

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