One- and Two-Electron Redox Catalysis with Lutetium Enabled by a Tris(Amido) Redox-Active Ligand

Roman Belli, Victoria Tafuri, Nicholas A. Garcia, Courtney C. Roberts

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Recently rare earth elements have been used to catalyze alkyl-alkyl cross coupling and other organic transformations. Herein we report the synthesis and characterization of a tris(amido) Lu complex, 1-Lu, analogous to the Sc and Y rare earth complexes known to participate in these transformations. Complex 1-Lu displays similar solid state structural properties as its Group 3 congeners, but EPR spectroscopy reveals differing behavior. 1-Lu also was found to break the trends of reaction rates related to oxidation potential and is able to catalyze an alkyl-alkyl cross-coupling reaction faster than the Sc and Y analogs. The complex 1-Lu was also demonstrated to participate in two-electron redox catalysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1059-1064
Number of pages6
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 12 2023

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Funding Information:
Financial support for was provided by in part by the Petroleum Research Fund of the American Chemical Society (ACS PRF 62432-DNI1) and in part by NSF Award CHE-1954751. We acknowledge the Tonks, Gladfelter, and Blank groups for equipment use to obtain CV and UV–vis data. X-ray diffraction experiments were performed using a crystal diffractometer acquired through an NSF-MRI award (CHE-1229400) in the X-ray laboratory supervised by Dr. Victor G. Young,

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