Transfer Hydrogenation Catalysis by a N-Heterocyclic Carbene Iridium Complex on a Polyoxometalate Platform


  • Dedicated to the memory of Elena Bertacco


A divacant Keggin polyanion has been decorated with a N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) iridium(I) organometallic complex to provide a molecular model of an Ir-based supported catalyst. The characterization of the hybrid compound has been performed by multinuclear NMR spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, and mass spectroscopy, and the results are in agreement with a bisfunctionalization of the polyoxometalate scaffold. The resulting supported homogeneous complex has been successfully used to catalyze the transfer hydrogenation from iPrOH to benzophenone [with a turnover number (TON) of 680 and a turnover frequency (TOF) of up to 540 h–1].