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Heterolytic Cleavage of Hydrogen Molecule by Rhodium Thiolate Complexes That Catalyze Chemoselective Hydrogenation of Imines under Ambient Conditions

Yoshiyuki Misumi, Hidetake Seino* and Yasushi Mizobe

*Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 153-8505, Japan, Email:

Y. Misumi, H. Seino, Y. Mizobe, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131, 14636-14637.

DOI: 10.1021/ja905835u


A benzenedithiolate Rh(III) complex [TpMe2Rh(o-S2C6H4)(MeCN)], which can heterolytically activate H2, catalyzes hydrogenation of imines under ambient temperature and pressure with high chemoselectivity.

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Key Words

Reduction of Imines, Hydrogen

ID: J48-Y2009-2930