A family of copper(I)–NHC azolyl complexes was synthesized and deployed in the hydrosilylation of dicyclo-hexylketone to probe the role of the anionic ligand on catalytic performance. The azolyl ligand is shown to have a crucial role in catalytic activity without the need for additives, and this at very low catalyst loading.
Bibliographical noteKAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-04-23
Acknowledgements: The authors gratefully acknowledge the Royal Society (University Research Fellowship to C.S.J.C.), the Spanish MINECO (CTQ2014-59832-JIN), and EU (FEDER fund UNGI08-4E-003) for funding.