Upon further investigation of the recently reported electrocatalytic oxidation of 1,4-cyclohexadiene to benzene by Rh2(TM4)4 +2 (TM4=2,5-diisocyano-2,5-dimethylhexane), we have obtained data which strongly implicates the 2e- oxidized d7-d7 complex as the electroactive species. This contrasts with the original report which suggested that the le- oxidized d7-d8 radical acted as the key species via hydrogen atom abstraction from 1,4-cyclohexadiene. A possible mechanism for the catalysis is proposed.
- Electrocatalytic oxidation of 1,4-cyclohexadiene
- IR spectroelectrochemistry
- binuclear rhodium complexes