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Title: The Influence of the Second and Outer Coordination Spheres on Rh(diphosphine)2 CO2 Hydrogenation Catalysts

A series of [Rh(PCH2XRCH2P)2]+ complexes were prepared to investigate second and outer coordination sphere effects on CO2 hydrogenation catalysis, where X is CH2 (dppp) or X-R is N-CH3, N-CH2COOH (glycine), N-CH2COOCH3 (Gly-OMe) or N-CH2C(O)N-CH(CH3)COOCH3 (GlyAla-OMe). All of these modified complexes were active for CO2 reduction to formate, with the N-CH3 derivative offering an eight-fold enhancement over dppp, which is consistent with decreased electron density around the phosphorous (and corresponding increase in electron density around the metal) observed in the 31P NMR spectrum. Despite the increase in rate with the addition of the pendant nitrogen, the addition of electron withdrawing amino acids and dipeptides to the amine resulted in complexes with reductions in rate of one to two orders of magnitude, most consistent with a change in pKa of the pendant amine resulting in lower activity. Collectively, the data suggests multiple contributions of the pendant amine in this catalytic system. This work was supported by the US Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences & Biosciences. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a multiprogram national laboratory operated for the DOE by Battelle. A portion of this research was performed using EMSL, a national scientific usermore » facility sponsored by the Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research and located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.« less
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47453; 44681; KC0302010
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: ACS Catalysis, 4(10):3663–3670
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US), Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL)
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United States
CO2 hydrogenation; bioinspired; peptide catalysts; Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory