Cobalt-based molecular electrocatalysis of nitrile reduction: evolving sustainability beyond hydrogen

Simon Child, Radoslav Raychev, Nathan Moss, Benjamin Howchen, Peter N. Horton, Christopher Prior, Vasily Oganesyan, John Fielden

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Two new cobalt bis-iminopyridines, [Co(DDP)(H2O)2](NO3)2 (1, DDP = cis-[1,3-bis(2-pyridinylenamine)] cyclohexane) and [Co(cis-DDOP)(NO3)](NO3) (2, cis-DDOP = cis-3,5-bis[(2- Pyridinyleneamin]-trans-hydroxycyclohexane) electrocatalyse the 4-proton, 4-electron reduction of acetonitrile to ethylamine. For 1, this reduction occurs in preference to reduction of protons to H2. A coordinating hydroxyl proton relay in 2 reduces the yield of ethylamine and biases the catalytic system back towards H2.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9576-9580
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number26
Early online date11 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jul 2019

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