Fe-Catalyzed Gas-Phase Oxidation of Ethane by N2O

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  • Dipl.-Chem. Detlef Schröder,

    1. Institut für Organische Chemie der Technischen Universität Strasse des 17, Juni 135, D-1000 Berlin 12 (FRG)
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  • Prof. Dr. Helmut Schwarz

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    1. Institut für Organische Chemie der Technischen Universität Strasse des 17, Juni 135, D-1000 Berlin 12 (FRG)
    • Institut für Organische Chemie der Technischen Universität Strasse des 17, Juni 135, D-1000 Berlin 12 (FRG)
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  • This work was supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie, and the Gesellschaft von Freunden der Technischen Universität Berlin.

  • Dedicated to Professor Albert Eschenmoser on the occasion of his 65th birthday

Abstract

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The transferance of the N2O oxygen atom to a Fe(C2H4) ion with formation of the metallacycle 1 is the key step of the title reaction (a). This follows from ion cyclotron resonance experiments as well as from mechanistic and thermo-chemical considerations. After decomposition of the “hot” intermediate 1 to Fe and acetaldehyde a novel catalytic cycle can be initiated [Eq. (a)].

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