The Chemical Educator
ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)
Abstract Volume 8
Issue 5 (2003) pp 192-194
Ruthenium(II) Phosphine Complexes as Catalysts: An Undergraduate Experiment
David E. Berry*, Kelli L. Fawkes, and Jessie A. Leighton
Department of Chemistry, University of Victoria, British Columbia,
Canada, V8W 3V6, firstname.lastname@example.org
Published online: 13 May 2003
Abstract. This experiment might be part of a senior organometallic course. It requires the synthesis and characterization of several ruthenium phosphine complexes, and their subsequent use for catalyzing the conversion of 1-phenylethanol to acetophenone and back. The design of the experiment encourages some choices to be made by the student, although the initial syntheses are recipe-driven. Bench techniques required include working under an inert atmosphere, reflux, distillation, and chromatography. NMR and IR spectroscopy are used for characterization.
Key Words: Laboratories and Demonstrations; organic chemistry; inorganic chemistry; organometallic; catalysis; hydrides
(*) Corresponding author. (E-mail: email@example.com)
Supporting Materials:Experimental procedures written for student use are included in a Zip file (102 KB) 10.1333/s00897000686a .
Issue date: June