Design and validation of non-metal oxo complexes for C–H activation

Mu Jeng Cheng, Ross Fu, William A. Goddard

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We use our recent discovery of the reduction-coupled oxo activation (ROA) principle to design a series of organometallic molecules that activate C–H bonds through this unique proton/electron-decoupled hydrogen abstraction mechanism, in which the main group oxo moiety binds to the proton while the electron is transferred to the transition metal. Here we illustrate this general class of catalyst clusters with several examples that are validated through quantum mechanics calculations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1748-1750
Number of pages3
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 21

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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