Catalysis Letters

, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp 195–199 | Cite as

Catalysis of the oxidation of 1,4-cyclohexadiene to benzene by electroactve binuclear rhodium complexes

  • David C. Smith
  • Harry B. Gray


Electrochemical oxidation of Rh2(TMB) 4 2+ (TMB = 2,5-diisocyano-2,5-dimethylhexane) in the presence of 1,4-cyclohexadiene produces benzene and two protons. It is probable that a key step in the reaction is hydrogen-atom transfer from 1,4-cyclohexadiene to electrochemically generated Rh2(TMB) 4 3+ . The H-atom abstraction apparently is facilitated by the presence of a dσ* hole in the Rh 2 3+ 2 complex.

Catalytic electrochemical oxidation of 1,4-chyclohexadiene binuclear rhodium catalysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • David C. Smith
    • 1
  • Harry B. Gray
    • 1
  1. 1.Arthur Amos Noyes LaboratoryCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA

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