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Published December 26, 2011 | Supplemental Material
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Intra- and Intermolecular C−H Activation by Bis(phenolate)pyridineiridium(III) Complexes


A bis(phenolate)pyridine pincer ligand (henceforth abbreviated as ONO) has been employed to support a variety of iridium complexes in oxidation states I, III, and IV. Complexes (ONO)IrL_2Me (L = PPh_3, PEt_3) react with I_2 to cleave the Ir–C bond and liberate MeI, apparently via a mechanism beginning with electron transfer to generate an intermediate Ir(IV) complex, which can be isolated and characterized for the case L = PEt_3. The PPh_3 complex is transformed in benzene at 65 °C to the corresponding phenyl complex, with loss of methane, and subsequently to a species resulting from metalation of a PPh_3 ligand. Labeling and kinetics studies indicate that PPh_3 is the initial site of C–H activation, even though the first observed product is that resulting from intermolecular benzene activation. C–H activation of acetonitrile has also been observed.

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© 2011 American Chemical Society. Received: November 2, 2011. Publication Date (Web): November 29, 2011. We thank Dr. Michael W. Day and Lawrence M. Henling (Caltech) for X-ray crystallographic studies. The Bruker KAPPA APEXII X-ray diffractometer was purchased via an NSF CRIF:MU award to the California Institute of Technology, CHE-0639094. This work was supported by BP in the MC2 and XC2 programs.

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