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Mechanistic Insights into Catalytic CO2 Hydrogenation using Mn(I)-complexes with Pendant Oxygen Ligands

Abstract

With the aid of density functional theory calculations, we have elucidated the mechanism of catalytic hydrogenation of CO2 to formate using the recently reported dihydroxybipyridine-based Mn(I)- complex. Plausible catalytic pathways are unravelled thoroughly and the computational results account for the experimental findings. The critical roles of the external base additive and the pendant hydroxyl groups, as active participants in the hydrogenation process, are examined in detail. The overall mechanism includes two main steps; heterolytic dihydrogen cleavage and the hydride transfer to CO2. The initial hydrogen splitting step is assisted by the external base. The pendant oxygens take part neither in the hydrogen cleavage nor directly during the subsequent hydride transfer. Nevertheless, their presence is crucial for the hydrogenation reactivity of the catalyst as they have an indirect effect in determining the feasibility of the final hydride transfer step. Furthermore, guided by the detailed mechanistic understanding, we have proposed a series of Mn(I)-complexes based on acylmethylpyridinol ligand for catalysing hydrogenation of CO2 to formic acid.

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The article was received on 25 Jan 2018, accepted on 11 Apr 2018 and first published on 11 Apr 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8CY00183A
Citation: Catal. Sci. Technol., 2018, Accepted Manuscript
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    Mechanistic Insights into Catalytic CO2 Hydrogenation using Mn(I)-complexes with Pendant Oxygen Ligands

    S. Das and S. Pati, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2018, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C8CY00183A

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