RuBisCO-Inspired CO2 Activation and Transformation by an Iridium(I) Complex

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The synthesis of a new iridium(I) complex containing an enamido phosphine anion (dbuP) and its unique reactivity with CO2 is reported. The complex binds two equivalents of CO2 and initiates a highly selective reaction cascade. The reaction leads to the reversible cleavage of CO2 and the enamido ligand as well. Computational analysis points to the existence of a relatively stable Ir-CO2 complex as a reaction intermediate prior to CO2 cleavage, which was confirmed experimentally. The observed transformation resembles several aspects of enzymatic CO2 fixation by RuBisCO.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2455-2458
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Feb 23 2018


  • C−C coupling
  • RuBisCO
  • carbon dioxide
  • iridium
  • metal basicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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