Acid-catalyzed epoxide alcoholysis in the presence of indenyl molybdenum carbonyl complexes

Sofia M. Bruno, Isabel S. Gonçalves, Martyn Pillinger, Carlos C. Romão, Anabela A. Valente

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The indenyl molybdenum carbonyl complexes [IndMo(CO) 2 (L) n ]BF 4 (L = NCMe with n = 3 (1), 2,2′-bipyridine (2) or 1,4,7-trimethyltriazacyclononane (3) with n = 1) promote epoxide alcoholysis under moderate reaction conditions. Complexes 1 and 2 showed the best performance for the alcoholysis of styrene oxide with different alcohol nucleophiles (acting as both reactant and solvent), leading to the corresponding 2-alkoxy-2-phenylethanol with 100% yield at 10 min and 35 °C. These catalytic results are far superior to those found for previously studied molybdenum carbonyl complexes. An efficient procedure for catalyst recovery and reuse without decrease in reaction rate is described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-17
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2018


  • Acid catalysis
  • Epoxide alcoholysis
  • Indenyl ligand
  • Molybdenum carbonyl complexes


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