Tuning N-heterocyclic carbenes in T-shaped Pt II complexes for intermolecular C-H bond activation of arenes

Orestes Rivada-Wheelaghan, Manuel A. Ortuño, Josefina Díez, Agustí Lledós, Salvador Conejero

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Small change matters: T-shaped Pt II complexes with less flexible substituents, than, for example, isopropyl or tert-butyl groups, on N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligands allow for C-H bond activation reactions of aromatic compounds (see scheme; BAr f4-= tetrakis[(3,5-trifluoromethyl)phenyl]borate; F yellow, Pt red). NHC substituents that are not highly branched prevent agostic interactions and reduce the barriers to achieve the C-H bond cleavage. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3936-3939
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 2012


  • agostic interactions
  • C-H activation
  • carbene ligands
  • N-heterocyclic carbenes
  • platinum

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