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Importance of proton-coupled electron transfer in cathodic regeneration of organic hydrides
- IlicS. I. and A. A. contributed equally to this work., Stefan, Alherz, Abdulaziz, Musgrave, Charles B., Glusac, Ksenija D.
- Chemical communications 2019 v.55 no.39 pp. 5583-5586
- acridines, benzimidazoles, dimerization, electrochemistry, electron transfer, free radicals, hydrides
- Electrochemical regeneration of organic hydrides is often hindered by the rapid dimerization of organic radicals produced as the first intermediates of these electrochemical transformations. In this work, we utilize proton-coupled electron transfer to outcompete the undesired dimerization and achieve successful hydride regenerations of two groups of organic hydrides – acridines and benzimidazoles. This work provides an analysis of the critical factors that control the regeneration pathways of organic hydrides.