This is a literature discussion of a short JACS communication that describes an iridium catalyst for the reduction of bicarbonate to formate. It addresses green chemistry, potential industrial processes, bridges between homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, pH-dependent solubility, electron counting, oxidation state assignments, and thermodynamic analyses.
A student should be able to
- determine the major goals of published research.
- assign substrates, products, and catalytic species for a reaction.
- calculate enthalpies of reactions.
- determine the electron counts and oxidation states for transition metal complexes.
- compare and contrast homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis.
- assess whether or not a process is green and industrially viable.
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