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Keywords:

  • Molybdenum;
  • Homogeneous catalysis;
  • O ligands;
  • Reduction

Abstract

The complexes [Mo(O)2(QR)2] [R = cyclohexyl (1), ethylcyclopentyl (2), hexyl (3), and neopentyl (4)] have been obtained in good yields by treatment of [Mo(O)2(acac)2] with 2 equivalents of acylpyrazolone compounds HQR [HQR = 3-methyl-1-phenyl-4-alkylcarbonyl-5-pyrazolone; R = cyclohexyl (HQCy), ethylcyclopentyl (HQEtCp), hexyl (HQHe), neopentyl (HQnPe)]. They were isolated as yellow crystalline solids and characterized spectroscopically [IR, 1H and 13C(1H) NMR] and structurally (X-ray for 2 and 3). The deoxygenation of selected epoxide substrates to alkenes by employing compounds 1 and 3 as catalysts and PPh3 as the oxygen acceptor showed good activities in toluene. The use of the ionic liquid [C4mim]PF6 as solvent gave lower yields, but the resulting catalytic system could be conveniently recycled. The [Mo(O)2(QR)2] derivatives 1 and 3 were also found to be moderately active catalysts for the deoxydehydration of vicinal diols.