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Iron-catalyzed dehydrogenation reactions and its applications in sustainable energy and catalysis


Inspired by the nature, chemists started designing new catalysts in pursuit of selective bond activation and chemical transformations when designing new catalysts. Emergent biological systems often use earth-abundant first-row transition elements as catalytically active sites to facilitate specific and highly selective chemical processes. The design of a new catalytic system based on abundant and inexpensive catalysts, in particular, the iron-based catalysts for fundamentally significant synthetic transformations under environmentally benign conditions is an important paradigm in chemical synthesis. In recent times, iron-based catalytic systems have shown unprecedented reactivity on acceptorless dehydrogenation reactions of feedstock chemicals with the liberation of molecular hydrogen as the by-product and enabled greener chemical synthesis and alternative energy storage systems. Indeed, it has been demonstrated that the proper design of iron catalysts by judiciously chosen ligands makes a rusting iron into a complementary reactivity pattern with precise metal catalysts and aids successful progress in new sustainable energy storage systems and catalysis. This tutorial review focuses on the recent development of iron-based dehydrogenation reactions of fundamentally important feedstock as a route to sustainable chemical synthesis and energy storage applications. The emerging area of iron-based dehydrogenation strategy provides an opportunity to make industrially applicable cost-effective and environmentally benign catalytic systems.

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The article was received on 03 May 2017, accepted on 14 Jun 2017 and first published on 14 Jun 2017

Article type: Minireview
DOI: 10.1039/C7CY00879A
Citation: Catal. Sci. Technol., 2017, Accepted Manuscript
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    Iron-catalyzed dehydrogenation reactions and its applications in sustainable energy and catalysis

    B. Ekambaram, A. Nandakumar, G. Jaiswal and M. K. Sahoo, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2017, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C7CY00879A

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