Journal article

C-F bond activation of trifluoroethanol and trifluoroacetic acid catalysed by the dimolybdate anion, [Mo2O6(F)](-)

George N Khairallah, Tom Waters, Anthony G Wedd, Richard AJ O'Hair

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF MASS SPECTROMETRY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

Two gas-phase catalytic cycles involving C-F bond activation of trifluoroethanol and trifluoroacetic acid were detected by multistage mass spectrometry experiments. A binuclear dimolybdate centre [Mo2O6(F)]- acts as the catalyst in each cycle. The first cycle, entered via the reaction of [Mo2O6(OH)]- with trifluoroethanol and elimination of water to form [Mo2O6(OCH2CF3)]-, proceeds via four steps: (1) oxidation of the alkoxo ligand and its elimination as aldehyde; (2) reaction of [Mo2O5(OH)]- with trifluoroethanol and elimination of water to form [Mo2O5(OCH2CF3)]; (3) decomposition of the alkoxo ligand via loss of 1,1 difluoroethene; and (4) reaction of [Mo2O6(F)]- with a second equivalent o..

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