Acidic iridium hydrides: implications for aerobic and Oppenauer oxidation of alcohols.

@article{Gabrielsson2006AcidicIH,
  title={Acidic iridium hydrides: implications for aerobic and Oppenauer oxidation of alcohols.},
  author={Anders Gabrielsson and Piet W N M van Leeuwen and Wolfgang Kaim},
  journal={Chemical communications},
  year={2006},
  volume={47},
  pages={4926-7}
}
[Cp*Ir(H)(bpym)]+ and [Cp*Ir(H)(bpy)]+ are the first examples of iridium based catalysts for the aerobic oxidation of alcohols; the catalytic cycle proceeds via acidic hydrides. Deprotonation of the hydride leads to a highly oxygen sensitive Ir I species that regenerate the Ir III complexes upon oxidation with dioxygen.