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Synthesis of b-Hydroxy Ketones from Allylic Alcohols via Catalytic Formation of Ruthenium Enolates
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Organic Chemistry.
2008 (English)In: Chemistry - A European Journal, ISSN 0947-6539, E-ISSN 1521-3765, Vol. 14, no 34, 10547-10550 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The most efficient Ru-catalyzed isomerization–aldol reaction from allylic alcohols has been achieved by using [η5-(Ph5Cp)Ru(CO)2Cl] as the catalyst. The bulky pentaphenylcyclopentadienyl ligand on the ruthenium atom prevents protonation at the oxygen of the Ru–enolate intermediate and completely suppresses the formation of unwanted ketone byproducts (see scheme). The domino transformation is as good as it can be: aldols are obtained in quantitative yields at ambient temperature.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 14, no 34, 10547-10550 p.
Keyword [en]
aldol reaction, allylic compounds, CC coupling, isomerization, ruthenium
National Category
Organic Chemistry
Research subject
Organic Chemistry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-81981DOI: 10.1002/chem.200801690OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-81981DiVA: diva2:564867
Available from: 2012-11-06 Created: 2012-11-05 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Transition metal-catalysed hydrogen transfer processes for C-C and C-N bond formation: Synthetic studies and mechanistic investigations
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Transition metal-catalysed hydrogen transfer processes for C-C and C-N bond formation: Synthetic studies and mechanistic investigations
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis focusses on synthetic studies and mechanistic investigations into reactions involving hydrogen-transfer processes.

In the first part, the development of an efficient method for the synthesis of β-hydroxy ketones (aldols) and β-amino ketones (Mannich products) from allylic alcohols and aldehydes is described. These reactions use  Ru(η5-C5Ph5)(CO)2Cl as the catalyst. The reaction parameters were optimised in order to suppress the formation of undesired by-products. Neutral and mild reaction conditions enabled the synthesis of a variety of aldol products in up to 99% yield, with a good syn/anti ratio. The influence of the stereoelectronic properties of the catalyst on the reaction outcome was also studied. Based on the results obtained, a plausible reaction mechanism has been proposed, involving as the key steps the 1,4-addition of hydride to α,β-unsaturated ketones and the formation of ruthenium (Z)-enolates.

In the second part of this thesis, a ruthenium-catalysed tandem isomerisation/C-H activation reaction is presented. A number of ruthenium complexes, phosphine ligands, and additives were evaluated in order to establish the optimal reaction conditions. It was found that the use of a stable ruthenium catalyst, Ru(PPh3)3Cl2, together with PtBu3 and HCO2Na resulted in an efficient tandem transformation. Using this procedure, a variety of ortho-alkylated ketones were obtained in excellent yields. Moreover, homoallylic alcohols could also be used as starting materials for the reaction, which further expands the substrate scope. Mechanistic investigations into the isomerisation part of the process were carried out.

The last project described in the thesis deals with the design and preparation of novel bifunctional iridium complexes containing an N-(2-hydroxy-isobutyl)-N-Heterocyclic carbene ligand. These complexes were used as catalysts to alkylate amines using alcohols as latent electrophiles. The catalytic system developed here was found to be one of the most active systems reported to date, allowing the reaction to be performed at temperatures as low as 50 °C for the first time. A broad substrate scope was examined. Combined experimental and theoretical studies into the reaction mechanism are consistent with a metal-ligand bifunctional activity of the new catalyst.

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Stockholm: Department of Organic Chemistry, Stockholm University, 2012. 90 p.
Keyword
hydrogen transfer, catalysis, transition metal
National Category
Organic Chemistry
Research subject
Organic Chemistry
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urn:nbn:se:su:diva-81596 (URN)978-91-7447-595-1 (ISBN)
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2012-11-30, Magnélisalen, Kemiska övningslaboratoriet, Svante Arrhenius väg 16 B, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2012-11-08 Created: 2012-10-25 Last updated: 2012-11-06Bibliographically approved

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