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Catalytic Properties of Low Oxidation State Iron Complexes in Cross-Coupling Reactions: Anthracene Iron(−I) Complexes as Competent Catalysts

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  • Katharina Weber,

    1. Institute of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, University of Münster, Corrensstr. 30, 48149 Münster (Germany), Fax: (+49) 251-8336660
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  • Eva-Maria Schnöckelborg,

    1. Institute of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, University of Münster, Corrensstr. 30, 48149 Münster (Germany), Fax: (+49) 251-8336660
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  • Prof. Dr. Robert Wolf

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    1. Institute of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, University of Münster, Corrensstr. 30, 48149 Münster (Germany), Fax: (+49) 251-8336660
    2. Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Regensburg, 93040 Regensburg (Germany), Fax: (+49) 251-8336660
    • Institute of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, University of Münster, Corrensstr. 30, 48149 Münster (Germany), Fax: (+49) 251-8336660
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Catalyzing cross couplings: The catalytic activity of well-defined low-valent iron complexes in cross-coupling reactions has been investigated. The results show that labile ligands in the catalyst precursor are beneficial for high catalytic activity. Thus, anionic iron(−I) complexes with labile anthracene ligands are competent precatalysts for cross couplings that involve alkyl, aryl, and alkenyl electrophiles.

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