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ERIC Number: EJ1145960
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jun
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Oxorhenium Complexes for Catalytic Hydrosilylation and Hydrolytic Hydrogen Production: A Multiweek Advanced Laboratory Experiment for Undergraduate Students
Ison, A.; Ison, E. A.; Perry, C. M.
Journal of Chemical Education, v94 n6 p790-794 Jun 2017
An effective way of teaching undergraduates a full complement of research skills is through a multiweek advanced laboratory experiment. Here we outline a comprehensive set of experiments adapted from current primary literature focusing on organic and inorganic synthesis, catalysis, reactivity, and reaction kinetics. The catalyst, bis(2-(2'-hydroxyphenyl)-2-oxazoline)oxorhenium(V) tetrapentafluorophenylborate (1) is isolated through a multistep reaction starting with the formation of the ligand, 2-(2'-hydroxyphenyl)-2-oxazoline (2), followed by complexation of a Re-oxo precursor to form chlorobis(2-(2'-hydroxyphenyl)-2-oxazoline)oxorhenium(V) (3). Both Re(V)-oxo complexes are diamagnetic and allow for NMR analysis. Complex 1 is an air-stable and highly active catalyst for two reactions: (1) hydrosilylation of carbonyls and (2) hydrolysis of Et[subscript 3]SiH to form Et[subscript 3]SiOH and H[subscript 2] gas. Students monitor the evolution of hydrogen gas in the second reaction and use the data to investigate the reaction kinetics in order to obtain the complete rate law and the second-order rate constant for the catalytic reaction. The complete project provides a wealth of opportunities to focus on experimental skills, fundamental concepts in inorganic and organic chemistry, catalysis, reactivity, and experimental kinetics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
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