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New Directions in Sustainable Catalysis by Metal Complexes

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Project "SUSCAT" data sheet

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address: HERZL STREET 234
postcode: 7610001

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 Coordinator Country Israel [IL]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙497˙975 €
 EC max contribution 2˙497˙975 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-AdG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-07-01   to  2021-06-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    WEIZMANN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE IL (REHOVOT) coordinator 2˙497˙975.00


 Project objective

The discovery of novel sustainable catalytic reactions is a major current goal. Based on recent discoveries in our group, we plan to develop unprecedented sustainable catalytic reactions with special emphasis on reactions catalyzed by complexes of earth-abundant metals. We have recently discovered an intriguing reaction, namely the oxidation of organic compounds using water, with no added oxidant, evolving H2. This simple, selective reaction, offers now a novel, conceptually new, environmentally benign approach in the field of oxidation of organic compounds, which we will explore.

We recently discovered a new mode of activation of multiple bonds by metal-ligand cooperation, including activation of CO2 and nitrile triple bonds, in which reversible C-C bond formation with the ligand is involved. Based on that, activation of nitriles has resulted in unprecedented C-C bond formation involving addition of simple aliphatic nitriles to various α,β-unsaturated carbonyl compounds. This mode of multiple bond activation may open a new approach to catalysis, “template catalysis”, which we plan to explore. In addition, the highly desirable, catalytic activation of the kinetically very stable, potent greenhouse gas N2O for the (so far elusive), efficient oxygen transfer to organic compounds, will be pursued. The use of CO2 in organic synthesis is an important timely topic. Based on its activation by metal ligand cooperation, new catalytic reactions of CO2 will be pursued, including unprecedented carbonylation of non-activated C-H bonds. Most reactions catalysed by metal complexes involve noble metals. Development of sustainable catalysis based on complexes of earth-abundant metals is of great interest. In all topics described above, catalysis by complexes of such metals will be emphasized. Moreover, based on recent results in our group, we plan to develop an unprecedented family of complexes of earth-abundant metals, and pursue novel sustainable catalysis, based on it.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 Jonathan O. Bauer, Gregory Leitus, Yehoshoa Ben-David, David Milstein
Direct Synthesis of Symmetrical Azines from Alcohols and Hydrazine Catalyzed by a Ruthenium Pincer Complex: Effect of Hydrogen Bonding
published pages: 8415-8419, ISSN: 2155-5435, DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.6b02946
ACS Catalysis 6/12 2019-06-14
2017 Alexander Dauth, Urs Gellrich, Yael Diskin-Posner, Yehoshoa Ben-David, David Milstein
The Ferraquinone–Ferrahydroquinone Couple: Combining Quinonic and Metal-Based Reactivity
published pages: 2799-2807, ISSN: 0002-7863, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b13050
Journal of the American Chemical Society 139/7 2019-06-14
2017 Rong Zeng, Moran Feller, Yehoshoa Ben-David, David Milstein
Hydrogenation and Hydrosilylation of Nitrous Oxide Homogeneously Catalyzed by a Metal Complex
published pages: 5720-5723, ISSN: 0002-7863, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b02124
Journal of the American Chemical Society 139/16 2019-06-14
2017 Amit Kumar, Noel Angel Espinosa-Jalapa, Gregory Leitus, Yael Diskin-Posner, Liat Avram, David Milstein
Direct Synthesis of Amides by Dehydrogenative Coupling of Amines with either Alcohols or Esters: Manganese Pincer Complex as Catalyst
published pages: 14992-14996, ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201709180
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 56/47 2019-06-05
2018 Uttam Kumar Das, Yehoshoa Ben-David, Yael Diskin-Posner, David Milstein
N-Substituted Hydrazones by Manganese-Catalyzed Coupling of Alcohols with Hydrazine: Borrowing Hydrogen and Acceptorless Dehydrogenation in One System
published pages: 2179-2182, ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201712593
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 57/8 2019-06-05
2018 Prosenjit Daw, Amit Kumar, Noel Angel Espinosa-Jalapa, Yael Diskin-Posner, Yehoshoa Ben-David, David Milstein
Synthesis of Pyrazines and Quinoxalines via Acceptorless Dehydrogenative Coupling Routes Catalyzed by Manganese Pincer Complexes
published pages: 7734-7741, ISSN: 2155-5435, DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.8b02208
ACS Catalysis 8/9 2019-06-05
2017 Subrata Chakraborty, Uttam Kumar Das, Yehoshoa Ben-David, David Milstein
Manganese Catalyzed α-Olefination of Nitriles by Primary Alcohols
published pages: 11710-11713, ISSN: 0002-7863, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b06993
Journal of the American Chemical Society 139/34 2019-06-05
2018 Uttam Kumar Das, Subrata Chakraborty, Yael Diskin-Posner, David Milstein
Direct Conversion of Alcohols into Alkenes by Dehydrogenative Coupling with Hydrazine/Hydrazone Catalyzed by Manganese
published pages: 13444-13448, ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201807881
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 57/41 2019-06-05
2018 Amit Kumar, Moran Feller, Yehoshoa Ben-David, Yael Diskin-Posner, David Milstein
Formal oxidative addition of a C–H bond by a 16e iridium( i ) complex involves metal–ligand cooperation
published pages: 5365-5368, ISSN: 1359-7345, DOI: 10.1039/c8cc01885e
Chemical Communications 54/42 2019-06-05
2018 Subrata Chakraborty, Prosenjit Daw, Yehoshoa Ben David, David Milstein
Manganese-Catalyzed α-Alkylation of Ketones, Esters, and Amides Using Alcohols
published pages: 10300-10305, ISSN: 2155-5435, DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.8b03720
ACS Catalysis 8/11 2019-06-05
2018 You-Quan Zou, Subrata Chakraborty, Alexander Nerush, Dror Oren, Yael Diskin-Posner, Yehoshoa Ben-David, David Milstein
Highly Selective, Efficient Deoxygenative Hydrogenation of Amides Catalyzed by a Manganese Pincer Complex via Metal–Ligand Cooperation
published pages: 8014-8019, ISSN: 2155-5435, DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.8b02902
ACS Catalysis 8/9 2019-06-05
2017 Jonathan O. Bauer, Subrata Chakraborty, David Milstein
Manganese-Catalyzed Direct Deoxygenation of Primary Alcohols
published pages: 4462-4466, ISSN: 2155-5435, DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.7b01729
ACS Catalysis 7/7 2019-06-05
2017 Uttam Kumar Das, Linda J. W. Shimon, David Milstein
Imidazole synthesis by transition metal free, base-mediated deaminative coupling of benzylamines and nitriles
published pages: 13133-13136, ISSN: 1359-7345, DOI: 10.1039/c7cc08322j
Chemical Communications 53/98 2019-06-05
2018 Moran Feller, Eyal Ben-Ari, Yael Diskin-Posner, David Milstein
CO 2 activation by metal − ligand-cooperation mediated by iridium pincer complexes
published pages: 1679-1689, ISSN: 0095-8972, DOI: 10.1080/00958972.2018.1475662
Journal of Coordination Chemistry 71/11-13 2019-06-05
2017 Prosenjit Daw, Yehoshoa Ben-David, David Milstein
Direct Synthesis of Benzimidazoles by Dehydrogenative Coupling of Aromatic Diamines and Alcohols Catalyzed by Cobalt
published pages: 7456-7460, ISSN: 2155-5435, DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.7b02777
ACS Catalysis 7/11 2019-06-05
2018 Amit Kumar, Trevor Janes, Noel Angel Espinosa-Jalapa, David Milstein
Selective Hydrogenation of Cyclic Imides to Diols and Amines and Its Application in the Development of a Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier
published pages: 7453-7457, ISSN: 0002-7863, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b04581
Journal of the American Chemical Society 140/24 2019-06-05
2017 Noel Angel Espinosa-Jalapa, Amit Kumar, Gregory Leitus, Yael Diskin-Posner, David Milstein
Synthesis of Cyclic Imides by Acceptorless Dehydrogenative Coupling of Diols and Amines Catalyzed by a Manganese Pincer Complex
published pages: 11722-11725, ISSN: 0002-7863, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b08341
Journal of the American Chemical Society 139/34 2019-06-05
2018 Dror Oren, Yael Diskin-Posner, Liat Avram, Moran Feller, David Milstein
Metal–Ligand Cooperation as Key in Formation of Dearomatized Ni II –H Pincer Complexes and in Their Reactivity toward CO and CO 2
published pages: 2217-2221, ISSN: 0276-7333, DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.8b00160
Organometallics 37/14 2019-06-05
2018 Amit Kumar, Trevor Janes, Noel Angel Espinosa-Jalapa, David Milstein
Manganese Catalyzed Hydrogenation of Organic Carbonates to Methanol and Alcohols
published pages: 12076-12080, ISSN: 1433-7851, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201806289
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 57/37 2019-06-05
2017 Subrata Chakraborty, David Milstein
Selective Hydrogenation of Nitriles to Secondary Imines Catalyzed by an Iron Pincer Complex
published pages: 3968-3972, ISSN: 2155-5435, DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.7b00906
ACS Catalysis 7/6 2019-06-05
2018 Rong Zeng, Moran Feller, Yael Diskin-Posner, Linda J. W. Shimon, Yehoshoa Ben-David, David Milstein
CO Oxidation by N 2 O Homogeneously Catalyzed by Ruthenium Hydride Pincer Complexes Indicating a New Mechanism
published pages: 7061-7064, ISSN: 0002-7863, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b03927
Journal of the American Chemical Society 140/23 2019-06-05
2018 Arup Mukherjee, David Milstein
Homogeneous Catalysis by Cobalt and Manganese Pincer Complexes
published pages: 11435-11469, ISSN: 2155-5435, DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.8b02869
ACS Catalysis 8/12 2019-06-05

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