, Volume 58, Issue 2, pp 315-322

Catalytic olefin hydrogenation with the application of a new water soluble rhodium catalyst

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The catalyst precursor preparedin situ from rhodium dimer [Rh(cod)Cl]2 and a new water-soluble phosphine Ph2PCH2CH2CONHC(CH3)2CH2SO3H (in Li+ salt form) has been found to act as an effective olefin hydrogenation catalyst. Catalytic hydrogenation reactions have been tested in either two phase: aqueous catalyst/insoluble olefin or methanolic catalyst/olefin systems. The observed reaction rates were higher for terminal than for internal olefins. 1-Hexene in methanolic solution has been hydrogenated with a turnover frequency of about 8000 h−1. This system has also been applied in the form of a supported aqueous phase catalyst.