Fabian S Menges

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The ruthenium-catalyzed hydroamidation of terminal alkynes has evolved to become a broadly applicable tool for the synthesis of enamides and enimides. Depending on the catalyst system employed, the reaction leads chemo-, regio-, and stereoselectively to a single diastereoisomer. Herein, we present a comprehensive mechanistic study of the ruthenium-catalyzed(More)
The Schiff base compound 2,2'-{[(2-aminoethyl)imino]bis[2,1-ethanediyl-nitriloethylidyne]}bis-2-hydroxy-benzoic acid (H(4)L) as a proligand was prepared in situ. This proligand has three potential coordination pockets which make it possible to accommodate from one to three metal ions allowing for the possible formation of mono-, di-, and trinuclear(More)
Two Ag(I) ions, deprotonated 1-methyl-thymine (1MT-H)(-) and 1,3-dideaza-adenine (DDA), self-assemble in methanolic solution to a cationic [(Ag)2(1MT-H)(DDA)](+) complex as identified by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. Assignment of vibrational bands and identification of the silver coordination pattern arise from comparison of one- and two-color(More)
Two-color infrared multiple photon dissociation (2c-IR-MPD) spectroscopy with delayed pulses indicates a torsional isomerization in a "ligand-metal-chelate" complex [AgL1L2](+). Ab initio calculations reveal the torsional barrier as well as the change in vibrational frequencies and IR intensities along the isomerization pathway. The current approach bears(More)
We report the vibrational spectra of the hydronium and methyl-ammonium ions captured in the C3v binding pocket of the 18-crown-6 ether ionophore. Although the NH stretching bands of the CH3NH3+ ion are consistent with harmonic expectations, the OH stretching bands of H3O+ are surprisingly broad, appearing as a diffuse background absorption with little(More)
The strong temperature dependence of the I(-)·(H2O)2 vibrational predissociation spectrum is traced to the intracluster dissociation of the ion-bound water dimer into independent water monomers that remain tethered to the ion. The thermodynamics of this process is determined using van't Hoff analysis of key features that quantify the relative populations of(More)
Pyridinylazolato (N-N') ruthenium(II) complexes of the type [(N-N')RuCl(PMe3)3] have been obtained in high yields by treating the corresponding functionalised azolylpyridines with [RuCl2 (PMe3)4] in the presence of a base. (15)N NMR spectroscopy was used to elucidate the electronic influence of the substituents attached to the azolyl ring. The findings are(More)
Formation of N-H and N-C bonds from functionalization of N2 is a potential route to utilization of this abundant resource. One of the key challenges is to make the products of N2 activation reactive enough to undergo further reactions under mild conditions. This paper explores the strategy of "alkali control," where the presence of an alkali metal cation(More)
This study elucidates structures, activation barriers, and the gas-phase reactivity of cationic ruthenium transfer hydrogenation catalysts of the structural type [(η6-cym)RuX(pympyr)]+. In these complexes, the central ruthenium(+II) ion is coordinated to an η6-bound p-cymene (η6-cym), a bidentate 2-R-4-(2-pyridinyl)pyrimidine ligand (pympyr) with R = NH2 or(More)
We describe a systematic method for the preparation and spectroscopic characterization of a CO2 molecule coordinated to an activated bisphenoidal nickel(I) compound containing a tetraazamacrocyclic ligand in the gas phase. The resulting complex was then structurally characterized by using mass-selected vibrational predissociation spectroscopy. The results(More)