New issue of Organometallics on CO2 conversion

The latest issue of the journal Organometallics, published just yesterday, is a special issue on CO2 conversion, with our own Assoc. Prof. Kathrin H. Hopmann as editor. Be sure to read the editorial she has written with Prof. N. Iwasawa from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and Prof. N. Hazari from Yale University !
She also designed the cover in collaboration with Dr. J. Darmon from Princeton University.

The article from Marc Obst, Ashot Gevorgyan, Annette Bayer, and Kathrin Hopmann on Copper-Catalyzed Carboxylations is also included in this issue. Congratulations!

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New article by the Skrudstrup group

Abstract
Carbon dioxide utilization through electrocatalysis is a promising pathway toward a more sustainable future. In this work the electrocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide by ReI and RuII bipyridine complexes bearing pendant amines (N,N′-(([2,2′-bipyridine]-6,6′-diylbis(2,1-phenylene))bis(methylene))bis(N-ethylethanamine) (dEAbpy)) is evaluated. In both cases, the major reduction product is carbon monoxide accompanied by some formic acid, although the yield of the latter never reaches the predominant level known from the corresponding Mn(dEAbpy)(CO)3Br complex. This demonstrates the profound effect of the identity of the metal center, in addition to the ligand, for the product distribution. In this work, we report the synthesis procedures and X-ray diffraction studies along with electrochemical and infrared spectroelectrochemical studies of Re(dEAbpy)(CO)3Cl and Ru(dEAbpy)(CO)2Cl2 to propose a mechanism for the CO2 reduction reaction.

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New collaboration article by the Hopmann/Bayer and Skrydstrup groups

Abstract
We have developed a carbonylative approach to the synthesis of diversely substituted 2-aroylbenzoate esters featuring a new protocol for the carbonylative coupling of aryl bromides with boronic acids and a new strategy to favour carbonylative over non-carbonylative reactions. Two different synthetic pathways – (i) the alkoxycarbonylation of 2-bromo benzophenones and (ii) the carbonylative Suzuki–Miyaura coupling of 2-bromobenzoate esters – were evaluated. The latter approach provided a broader substrate tolerance, and thus was the preferred pathway. We observed that 2-substituted aryl bromides were challenging substrates for carbonylative chemistry favouring the non-carbonylative pathway. However, we found that carbonylative Suzuki–Miyaura couplings can be improved by slow addition of the boronic acid, suppressing the unwanted direct Suzuki coupling and, thus increasing the yield of the carbonylative reaction.

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New research article from the Skrydstrup group

Abstract
Electrocatalysis is a promising tool for utilizing carbon dioxide as a feedstock in the chemical industry. However, controlling the selectivity for different CO2 reduction products remains a major challenge. We report a series of manganese carbonyl complexes with elaborated bipyridine or phenanthroline ligands that can reduce CO2 to either formic acid, if the ligand structure contains strategically positioned tertiary amines, or CO, if the amine groups are absent in the ligand or are placed far from the metal center. The amine-modified complexes are benchmarked to be among the most active catalysts for reducing CO2 to formic acid, with a maximum turnover frequency of up to 5500 s–1 at an overpotential of 630 mV. The conversion even works at overpotentials as low as 300 mV, although through an alternative mechanism. Mechanistically, the formation of a Mn–hydride species aided by in situ protonated amine groups was determined to be a key intermediate by cyclic voltammetry, 1H NMR, DFT calculations, and infrared spectroelectrochemistry.

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