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Oxidative Addition of Non-polar Reagents

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  • How important are oxidative additions of non-polar reagents? Very. The addition of dihydrogen (H2) is an important step in catalytic hydrogenation reactions. Organometallic C–H activations depend on oxidative additions of C–H bonds. In a fundamental sense, oxidative additions of non-polar organic compounds are commonly used to establish critical metal-carbon bonds. Non-polar oxidative additions get the ball rolling in all kinds of catalytic organometallic reactions. Here the mechanisms and important trends associated with non-polar oxidative additions are discussed.

    Contributors and Attributions

    Dr. Michael Evans (Georgia Tech)