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Molecular Zinc Dihydride Stabilized by N-Heterocyclic Carbenes

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  • Dr. Arnab Rit,

    1. Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University, Landoltweg 1, 52056 Aachen (Germany)
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  • Dr. Thomas P. Spaniol,

    1. Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University, Landoltweg 1, 52056 Aachen (Germany)
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  • Prof. Dr. Laurent Maron,

    Corresponding author
    1. Université de Toulouse et CNRS, INSA, UPS, CNRS, UMR 5215 LPCNO, 135 avenue de Rangueil, 31077 Toulouse (France)
    • Laurent Maron, Université de Toulouse et CNRS, INSA, UPS, CNRS, UMR 5215 LPCNO, 135 avenue de Rangueil, 31077 Toulouse (France)

      Jun Okuda, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University, Landoltweg 1, 52056 Aachen (Germany)

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  • Prof. Dr. Jun Okuda

    Corresponding author
    1. Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University, Landoltweg 1, 52056 Aachen (Germany)
    • Laurent Maron, Université de Toulouse et CNRS, INSA, UPS, CNRS, UMR 5215 LPCNO, 135 avenue de Rangueil, 31077 Toulouse (France)

      Jun Okuda, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University, Landoltweg 1, 52056 Aachen (Germany)

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  • Financial support by the Cluster of Excellence “Tailor-Made Fuels from Biomass” is gratefully acknowledged. L.M. is a member of the Institut Universitaire de France and a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Abstract

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Solubility problems solved: The first examples of discrete soluble zinc dihydride adducts with NHC ligands reacted with CO2 to produce formate species and efficiently catalyzed the dehydrocoupling of silanes with methanol. These compounds were characterized both in solution and in the solid state (see picture).

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