Selective Conversion of CO2 into Isocyanate by Low-Coordinate Iron Complexes

D.L.J. Broere, Brandon Q. Mercado, Patrick L. Holland

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Discovery of the mechanisms for selective trans formations of CO2 into organic compounds is a challenge. Herein, we describe the reaction of low-coordinate Fe silylamide complexes with CO2 to give trimethylsilyl isocyanate and the corresponding Fe siloxide complex. Kinetic studies show that this is a two-stage reaction, and the presence of a single equivalent of THF influences the rates of both steps. Isolation of a thermally unstable intermediate provides mechanistic insight that explains both the effect of THF in this reaction, and the way in which the reaction achieves high selectivity for isocyanate formation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6507-6511
JournalAngewandte Chemie-International Edition
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes


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