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Ligands that Store and Release Electrons during Catalysis

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  • Wojciech I. Dzik,

    1. Supramolecular & Homogeneous Catalysis Group van't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, University of Amsterdam, Science Park 904, 1098 XH Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Fax: (+31) 20-525-5604
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  • Dr. Jarl Ivar van der Vlugt,

    1. Supramolecular & Homogeneous Catalysis Group van't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, University of Amsterdam, Science Park 904, 1098 XH Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Fax: (+31) 20-525-5604
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  • Prof. Dr. Joost N. H. Reek,

    1. Supramolecular & Homogeneous Catalysis Group van't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, University of Amsterdam, Science Park 904, 1098 XH Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Fax: (+31) 20-525-5604
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  • Dr. Bas de Bruin

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    1. Supramolecular & Homogeneous Catalysis Group van't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, University of Amsterdam, Science Park 904, 1098 XH Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Fax: (+31) 20-525-5604
    • Supramolecular & Homogeneous Catalysis Group van't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, University of Amsterdam, Science Park 904, 1098 XH Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Fax: (+31) 20-525-5604
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  • Financial support from the University of Amsterdam (UvA), the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research—Chemical Sciences (NWO-CW), and the European Research Council (ERC) is acknowledged.

Abstract

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Electron(ic) banking: First-row transition metals can be given a noble character by redox-active ligands, thus enabling two-electron oxidative addition and reductive elimination steps (see scheme). A recently reported cobalt-mediated Negishi-type cross-coupling reaction provides an illustrative example of this concept and reveals its potential to develop new catalytic reactions with cheap, abundant metals.

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