Dimeric and monomeric supported single-site Fe(ii) pre-catalysts on SiO2 have been prepared via organometallic grafting and characterized with advanced spectroscopic techniques. Manipulation of the surface hydroxyl concentration on the support influences monomer/dimer formation. While both pre-catalysts are highly active in liquid-phase hydrogenation, the dimeric pre-catalyst is ∼3× faster than the monomer. Preliminary XAS experiments on the H2-activated samples suggest the active species are isolated Fe(ii) sites.
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- Inorganic Chemistry