Oxidative addition of imidazolium salts to Ni0 and Pd 0: Synthesis and structural characterization of unusually stable metal-hydride complexes

Nicolas D. Clement, Kingsley J. Cavell, Cameron Jones, Cornelis J. Elsevier

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C-H activation of imidazolium salts by coordinatively unsaturated low-valent Ni and Pd complexes occurs under mild conditions. Surprisingly stable hydridometal-N-heterocyclic carbene complexes were isolated (see scheme), which demonstrates the ease with which imidazolium-based ionic liquids may react with transition-metal complexes during catalysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1277-1279
Number of pages3
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 27 Feb 2004


  • C-H activation
  • Carbene ligands
  • Hydride ligands
  • Hydrogen bonding
  • Ionic liquids

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