[Pd(NHC)(PR3)] complexes: versatile tools for tandem dehydrogenation-hydrogenation processes

Olivier Songis, Catherine S.J. Cazin

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Homogeneous Pd(0) complexes are powerful tools for numerous catalytic reactions. Recent work has demonstrated the unique properties displayed by [Pd(NHC)(PR3)] catalysts in the activation of ammonia borane (AB) and formic acid, with the subsequent formation of hydrogen. An understanding of the mechanism allowed for the design of a new dehydrogenation-hydrogenation tandem process using hydrogen storage materials'. The hydrogenations of alkenes and alkynes were successfully performed at low catalyst loadings of Pd(0) species and mild conditions. Such tandem process represents a safe and innovative alternative to classic hydrogenation protocols.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1877-1881
Number of pages5
Issue number15
Early online date23 Aug 2013
Publication statusPublished - 17 Sept 2013


  • Tandem reaction
  • Hydrogenation
  • Dehydrogenation
  • Pd(0)
  • Hydrogen storage material
  • N-heterocyclic carbene
  • Asymmetric hydrogenation
  • Catalysts
  • Palladium
  • NHC
  • Route


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