Stoichiometric Reduction of CO2 to CO by Aluminum-Based Frustrated Lewis Pairs


  • D.W.S. gratefully acknowledges the financial support of NSERC of Canada, the award of a Canada Research Chair, and a Killam Research Fellowship. G.M. is grateful for the support of an NSERC and a William Sumner Fellowship. Dr. Zachariah Heiden is thanked for helpful discussions.


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Reducing frustration: The reaction of Mes3P(CO2)(AlI3)2 in the presence of a CO2 atmosphere results in the formation of Mes3P(CO2)(O(AlI2)2)(AlI3) and [Mes3PI][AlI4] (Mes=2,4,6-Me3C6H2) with the evolution of CO.