First Nickel-MOF Catalyst for Alkene Hydrosilylation

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  • Published: 26 February 2019
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  • Source / Publisher: Chemical Science/Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Associated Societies: Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UK
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Organosilanes are useful intermediates in organic synthesis and precursors for polymers. They are commonly synthesized via the catalytic hydrosilylation of alkenes. This usually requires expensive homogeneous Pt-based catalysts. Heterogeneous catalysts for this reaction that are based on cheaper metals could make the reaction more practical and cost-effective.

Xile Hu and colleagues, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, have developed the first nickel-based metal-organic framework (MOF) catalysts which promote the anti-Markovnikov hydrosilylation of alkenes. The team prepared the catalyst from 4,4'-biphenyldicarboxylic acid and NiCl2·6 H2O. The resulting MOF has a sheet-like, crystalline structure.

The Ni-based MOF was used to catalyze the hydrosilylation of a wide variety of alkenes with diphenylsilane. The desired products (pictured) were obtained in good to excellent yields with anti-Markovnikov selectivity. The catalyst is easy to remove and recycle, achieves turn-over numbers of up to 9,500, and retains good activity even after 10 uses.


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