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Borane-Mediated Carbon Dioxide Reduction at Ruthenium: Formation of C1 and C2 Compounds


  • We thank the ANR (Programme blanc “HyBoCat” ANR-09-BLAN-0184), the CNRS for support, and Johnson Matthey plc for the generous gift of hydrated ruthenium trichloride.


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One and two: The C2 compound pinBOCH2OCHO (see scheme; HBpin=pinacolborane) and several C1 compounds have been obtained from the borane-mediated reduction of CO2 under mild conditions with the catalyst precursor [RuH2(H2)2(PCy3)2]. Mechanistic investigation highlights the role of a series of new carbonyl ruthenium complexes that were characterized by multinuclear NMR spectroscopy, IR spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction studies.