Where are the electrons that allow a highly reduced rhenium bipyridyl catalyst to attack CO2, but not H+? XAS and computational quantum chemistry indicate that the negative charge in [Re(bpy)(CO) 3]- and [Re(bpy-tBu)(CO)3]- is not stored in a localized Re 5d state, but rather in the bipyridine ligand. The active states of this family of catalysts possess formally Re0 metal centers with singly reduced bipyridine ligands.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- homogeneous catalysis
- non-innocent ligands