Designer ligands for catalysis

Cooperative Lewis Pairs Based on Late Transition Metals: Activation of Small Molecules by Platinum(0) and B(C6F5)3

Sebastian J. K. Forrest, Jamie Clifton, Natalie Fey, Paul G. Pringle, Hazel A. Sparkes, Duncan F. Wass, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2015, 54, 2223-2227

A Lewis basic platinum(0)-CO complex supported by a diphosphine ligand and B(C6F5)3 act cooperatively, in a manner reminiscent of a frustrated Lewis pair, to activate small molecules such as hydrogen, CO2, and ethene. This cooperative Lewis pair facilitates the coupling of CO and ethene in a new way.