C–H Functionalization

Currently we are utilizing Cp*Ir(III) complexes to activate and functionallize aromatic C-H bonds. The mechanistic insight gained from these studies will lead to the development of catalysts that can activate and functionalize other types of C-H bonds as well, including methane.

We are particularly interested in understanding the mechanism of C–H functionalization and have identified species Cp*Ir(III) species that may be relevant in these reactions.