Transition metal catalysis in fluorous media : Practical application of a new immobilization principle to rhodium-catalyzed hydroboration

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1610-1612
Journal / PublicationAngewandte Chemie - International Edition in English
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


The 'Teflon greaseball' [RhCl{P[CH2CH2(CF2)5CF3]3}3] (1) is highly soluble in CF3C6F11 and catalyzes a variety of organic transformations. The products can be extracted with organic solvents, and the solution of 1 reused. This environmentally friendly protocol is showcased for hydroboration, in which the customary oxidative workup destroys the metal catalyst. Catalyst loadings of only 0.01-0.25 mol% are effective under mild conditions (25-40 °C, 1-40 h) and give turnover numbers as high as 8500.

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  • Fluorocarbons, Hydroborations, Immobilization, Rhodium, Two-phase catalysis

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