Leveraging molecular metal–support interactions for H2 and N2 activation

Ryan C. Cammarota, Laura J. Clouston, Connie C Lu

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Abstract

Many challenging chemical reactions require precious metal catalysts to proceed. Bio-inspired catalysts featuring multiple earth-abundant metals are an attractive alternative, as they offer boundless possibilities for facilitating processes that the constituent metals cannot mediate on their own. Our work utilizes a supporting metal as an electronic lever for tuning a base metal (Co, Ni) active site via a metal–metal bond. This approach has allowed for the development of metal–support catalysts for reductive N2 silylation and olefin hydrogenation. The bimetallic catalysts display markedly enhanced activity compared to the analogous single metal centers. In this review, we investigate the role of the supporting metal in substrate binding, activation, and catalysis to inform future efforts in the development and optimization of molecular metal–support catalysts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-111
Number of pages12
JournalCoordination Chemistry Reviews
Volume334
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

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Molecular interactions
molecular interactions
Metals
Chemical activation
activation
catalysts
Catalysts
metals
levers
Alkenes
Precious metals
noble metals
Catalysis
alkenes
Olefins
Hydrogenation
hydrogenation
catalysis
Chemical reactions
chemical reactions

Keywords

  • Bimetallic
  • Dihydrogen
  • Dinitrogen
  • Lewis acid
  • Metal-metal bonding

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Leveraging molecular metal–support interactions for H2 and N2 activation. / Cammarota, Ryan C.; Clouston, Laura J.; Lu, Connie C.

In: Coordination Chemistry Reviews, Vol. 334, 01.03.2017, p. 100-111.

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Cammarota, Ryan C. ; Clouston, Laura J. ; Lu, Connie C. / Leveraging molecular metal–support interactions for H2 and N2 activation. In: Coordination Chemistry Reviews. 2017 ; Vol. 334. pp. 100-111.
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