New catalyst precursors containing bidentate ligands have made possible the electrophillic activation of functional alkynes and have allowed carbon dioxide to be catalytically incorporated into organic substances using original routes.
New compounds have been formed involving unprecedented reactions of unsaturated molecules into transition metal-carbon bonds.
The ultimate goal of this research is to achieve the activation of hydrocarbon and carbon dioxide substrates by transition metal compounds containing strongly basic multidentate phosphine ligands, with the purpose of making economically feasible the use of carbon dioxide as a building block for basic chemicals. Two main reaction modes will be explored : i) insertion of C02 into metal-carbon bonds; ii) coupling of C02 with unsaturated substrates in the presence of complexes of Mo, Fe, Ru, Co, Ni, Rh, ... containing multidentate phosphines.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts