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Rare-Earth Mediated Dihydrogen Activation and Catalytic Hydrogenation

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Erli Lu



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This review covers H-H bond cleavage of dihydrogen (H2) mediated by structurally well-defined rare-earth metal (scandium, yttrium and lanthanides) complexes, and their applications in homogenous catalysis, such as catalytic hydrogenation of unsaturated organic molecules. Depending on the mechanism of the H-H bond cleavage, this review is organized in two parts: 1) σ-bond metathesis, and 2) non-σ-metathesis H2 activation. The latter is a new trend in this research field and is the emphasis of this review. Converting H2 into inorganic rare-earth polyhydride complexes, albeit their potential applications as hydrogen-storage materiel, is not in the scope of this review.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Guan Y, Lu E, Xu X

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Rare Earths

Year: 2021

Pages: epub ahead of print

Online publication date: 05/01/2021

Acceptance date: 31/12/2020

ISSN (print): 1002-0721


DOI: 10.1016/j.jre.2020.12.019