2 Apr 2008

Fluoro Analogue of Wilkinson's Catalyst

Literature Discussion

Submitted by Maggie Geselbracht, Reed College
This paper describes the synthesis and characterization of the fluoro analogue of Wilkinson's catalyst [(Ph3P)3RhF]. The fluorine for chlorine switch causes an interesting change in the reactivity, promoting activation of C-Cl bonds in chloroarenes. Discussion of this paper nicely pairs with the chemistry of Wilkinson's catalyst, highlighting periodic trends in bonding and reactivity.
Implementation Notes: 
Students are asked to read the paper and answer the discussion questions before coming to class. These questions serve as a useful and hopefully accessible point to begin discussion of the paper.
Time Required: 
50 minutes
Evaluation Methods: 
Student performance on the discussion questions is assessed.
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