Surface Organometallic Chemistry on Oxides: Selective Catalytic Low‐Temperature Hydrogenolysis of Alkanes by a Highly Electrophilic Zirconium Hydride Complex Supported on Silica

Christine Lecuyer, Francoise Quignard, Agnès Choplin, Danielle Olivier, Jean-Marie Maurice Basset*

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At 50°C already the hydrogenolysis of neopentane, isobutane, and propane is catalyzed by the silica‐supported zirconium hydride [( ⦠ SiO)3ZrH]. The reaction selectively produces methane together with isobutane, propane, and ethane, respectively. The activity is attributable to the high electrophilicity of the 8‐electron do complex and is not observed for nonsupported, discrete zirconium hydrides. Moreover, the attachment to the support prevents a bimolecular deactivation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1660-1661
Number of pages2
JournalAngewandte Chemie International Edition in English
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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