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A molecular mediator for reductive concerted proton-electron transfers via electrocatalysis

Chalkley, Matthew J. and Garrido-Barros, Pablo and Peters, Jonas C. (2020) A molecular mediator for reductive concerted proton-electron transfers via electrocatalysis. Science, 369 (6505). pp. 850-854. ISSN 0036-8075.

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Electrocatalytic approaches to the activation of unsaturated substrates via reductive concerted proton-electron transfer (CPET) must overcome competing, often kinetically dominant hydrogen evolution. We introduce the design of a molecular mediator for electrochemically triggered reductive CPET through the synthetic integration of a Brønsted acid and a redox mediator. Cathodic reduction at the cobaltocenium redox mediator substantially weakens the homolytic nitrogen-hydrogen bond strength of a Brønsted acidic anilinium tethered to one of the cyclopentadienyl rings. The electrochemically generated molecular mediator is demonstrated to transform a model substrate, acetophenone, to its corresponding neutral α-radical via a rate-determining CPET.

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Chalkley, Matthew J.0000-0002-0484-7335
Garrido-Barros, Pablo0000-0002-1489-3386
Peters, Jonas C.0000-0002-6610-4414
Additional Information:© 2020 American Association for the Advancement of Science. This is an article distributed under the terms of the Science Journals Default License. Received 9 April 2020; accepted 24 June 2020. We thank the Dow Next Generation Educator Funds and Instrumentation Grants for their support of the NMR facility at Caltech and the X-ray Crystallography Facility in the Beckman Institute at Caltech. We also thank the Molecular Materials Research Center in the Beckman Institute at Caltech for use of the x-ray photoelectron spectrometer. This study was supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE-0235032). M.J.C. thanks the Resnick Sustainability Institute for a graduate fellowship, and P.G.-B. thanks the Ramón Areces Foundation for a postdoctoral fellowship. Author contributions: M.J.C. and P.G.-B. designed and executed experiments, and all authors analyzed and interpreted data and cowrote the manuscript. The authors declare no competing interests. Data and materials availability: X-ray structural data are available free of charge from the Cambridge Structural Database under CCDC 1985828 to 1985830. All other data are available in the main text or supplementary materials.
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Official Citation:A molecular mediator for reductive concerted proton-electron transfers via electrocatalysis. Matthew J. Chalkley, Pablo Garrido-Barros and Jonas C. Peters. Science 369 (6505), 850-854; DOI: 10.1126/science.abc1607
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