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A Neutral Heteroatomic Zintl Cluster for the Catalytic Hydrogenation of Cyclic Alkenes

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  • Oliver P.E. Townrow
  • Cheuk Chung
  • Stuart A. Macgregor
  • Andrew S. Weller
  • Jose M. Goicoechea


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JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
DateAccepted/In press - 5 Oct 2020
DateE-pub ahead of print - 14 Oct 2020
DatePublished (current) - 28 Oct 2020
Issue number43
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)18330-18335
Early online date14/10/20
Original languageEnglish


We report on the synthesis of an alkane-soluble Zintl cluster, [η4-Ge9(Hyp)3]Rh(COD), that can catalytically hydrogenate cyclic alkenes such as 1,5-cyclooctadiene and cis-cyclooctene. This is the first example of a well-defined Zintl-cluster-based homogeneous catalyst.

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