In Crystallo Snapshots of Rh2-Catalyzed C-H Amination. Academic Article uri icon


  • While X-ray crystallography routinely provides structural characterization of kinetically stable pre-catalysts and intermediates, elucidation of the structures of transient reactive intermediates, which are intimately engaged in bond-breaking and -making during catalysis, is generally not possible. Here, we demonstrate in crystallo synthesis of Rh2 nitrenoids that participate in catalytic C-H amination, and we characterize these transient intermediates as triplet adducts of Rh2. Further, we observe the impact of coordinating substrate, which is present in excess during catalysis, on the structure of transient Rh2 nitrenoids. By providing structural characterization of authentic C-H functionalization intermediates, and not kinetically stabilized model complexes, these experiments provide the opportunity to define critical structure-activity relationships.

published proceedings

  • J Am Chem Soc

altmetric score

  • 17.95

author list (cited authors)

  • Das, A., Wang, C., Van Trieste, G. P., Sun, C., Chen, Y., Reibenspies, J. H., & Powers, D. C.

citation count

  • 19

complete list of authors

  • Das, Anuvab||Wang, Chen-Hao||Van Trieste, Gerard P||Sun, Cheng-Jun||Chen, Yu-Sheng||Reibenspies, Joseph H||Powers, David C

publication date

  • November 2020