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Anthony Chianese

Anthony Chianese

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Chemistry , 305 Wynn Hall
p 315-228-7718

Research Interests

Since 2008, research efforts in the Chianese group have centered on discovering new pincer-iridium catalysts for C-H functionalization reactions. We have developed the synthesis of CCC-pincer bis-carbene ligands with bulky, aromatic sidegroups, and their metalation to give acetonitrile-solvated hydridochloride iridium complexes. Structures determined by X-ray crystallography are shown below.


Upon treatment with a strong base to promote the reductive elimination of HCl, these CCC-pincer iridium complexes form active catalysts for arene C-H borylation and alkane dehydrogenation. Synthesis, metalation, and preliminary catalytic results have recently been published:

Chianese, A. R.
; Mo, A.*, Lampland, N. L.*, Swartz, R. L.*, and Bremer, P. T.* "Iridium Complexes of CCC-Pincer N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligands: Synthesis and Catalytic C-H Functionalization," Organometallics, 2010, 29, 3019-3026.