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Zirconocene Dichloride Catalyzed Hydrodefluorination of Cmath image[BOND]F bonds


  • We are grateful to the Royal Society for provision of a URF (M.R.C.), Imperial College for support of an undergraduate project studentship (S.J.G.), and the EPSRC (S.Y.) for funding. Peter Haycock is thanked for invaluable assistance with NMR spectroscopy. We are grateful to the referees for insightful comments and suggestions.


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A two-metal job: Four-coordinate aluminum dihydrides such as 1 are reported as terminal reductants for the selective title reaction. The heterobimetallic complex 2 has been isolated and shown to be catalytically competent.