Interaction of amino bases with tartrate-modified Ni catalysts

L. Fu*, H. H. Kung, W. M.H. Sachtler

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After poisoning with pyridine, tartaric acid-modified Ni catalysts showed an unexpected behavior as regards the dependence of enantioselectivity on the reaction temperature. While in the absence of a poison the enantioselectivity decreased with increasing reaction temperature, it remained constant for pyridine-poisoned Ni catalysts. This phenomenon is tentatively explained by assuming that ligand water is replaced by pyridine ligands in the Ni-tartrate complexes on the nickel surface. As pyridine is strongly held by Ni2+ ions, a higher ligand rigidity is attained which keeps the selectivity of the catalyst constant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-194
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Molecular Catalysis
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 1987

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