Palladium(II)-SCS-pincer complexes have been covalently immobilized on porous silica and polynorbornene supports and evaluated in the Mizoroki-Heck reaction of iodobenzene and n-butyl acrylate. Kinetic experiments and poisoning studies indicate that the pincer complexes decompose under reaction conditions via rupture of the palladium-ligand bonds to liberate active Pd(0) homogeneous species. There is no evidence for catalysis by the intact Pd(II) pincer complex under any conditions evaluated, ruling out a Pd(II)-Pd(IV) catalytic mechanism that has been postulated for palladacycle catalysts under the conditions used here.
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