Reductive elimination of chlorinated ethylenes by zero-valent metals

A. Lynn Roberts, Lisa A. Totten, William A. Arnold, David R. Burris, Timothy J. Campbell

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

455 Scopus citations


To date it does not appear to have been demonstrated in the literature that halogenated ethylenes can undergo reductive β-elimination to alkynes under environmental conditions. The purpose of this paper is to provide experimental evidence that such pathways may be involved in the reaction of chloroethylenes with zero-valent metals as well as to speculate on the significance of the products that may result. Calculations indicate that reductive β-elimination reactions of chloroethylenes are in fact comparable energetically to hydrogenolysis at neutral pH. Experiments were therefore initiated to assess whether β-elimination reactions of chlorinated ethylenes could occur in the presence of two zero-valent metals, Fe and Zn.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2654-2659
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironmental Science and Technology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1996

Bibliographical note

Copyright 2004 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. All rights reserved.


Dive into the research topics of 'Reductive elimination of chlorinated ethylenes by zero-valent metals'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this