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Iron Catalysis

Volume 33 of the series Topics in Organometallic Chemistry pp 27-81

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Fe–H Complexes in Catalysis

  • Hiroshi NakazawaAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Osaka City University Email author 
  • , Masumi ItazakiAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Osaka City University

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Abstract

Organic syntheses catalyzed by iron complexes have attracted considerable attention because iron is an abundant, inexpensive, and environmentally benign metal. It has been documented that various iron hydride complexes play important roles in catalytic cycles such as hydrogenation, hydrosilylation, hydroboration, hydrogen generation, and element–element bond formation. This chapter summarizes the recent developments, mainly from 2000 to 2009, of iron catalysts involving hydride ligand(s) and the role of Fe–H species in catalytic cycles.

Keywords

Catalysis Electrochemical reduction Hydroboration Hydrogenation Hydrosilylation Iron hydride complex Photochemical reduction