Hydrogenation of a Rhodium Peroxido Complex by Formate Derivatives: Mechanistic Studies and the Catalytic Formation of H2O2 from O2


  • We would like to acknowledge the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft for financial support. We are grateful to S. Mebs and R. Herrmann for the crystallography.


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Hydrogenation of dioxygen: The rhodium peroxido complex 1, which can be prepared from 2 and dioxygen, can be reduced with dihydrogen sources to yield hydrogen peroxide. In a catalytic experiment, hydrogen peroxide is produced from dioxygen and ammonium formate under ambient conditions in the presence of 1 (see scheme).