The 2022 Organic Syntheses Lecturer is Guangbin Dong, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Chicago. The seminar is entitled, "Merging C−C and C−H Activation: Palladium/Norbornene Cooperative Catalysis." Hosted by Dirk Trauner.
In-person in Silver Center, room 101A (Jurow Lecture Hall) and on zoom.
Zoom Link: https://nyu.zoom.us/j/95144438814?pwd=YS9vNHZDLzlEMUpIMkhod3dMYjVYUT09
For more information about Guangbin Dong, click here.
Abstract: Achieving site-selectivity in arene functionalization that is complementary to the one from electrophilic aromatic substitution (EAS) reactions has been a long-standing quest in organic synthesis. The palladium/norbornene (Pd/NBE) cooperative catalysis potentially offers a unique approach to this problem, but its usage has been hampered by “three constraints”: the electrophile constraint, the arene-substrate constraint, which is the requirement of using aryl iodides, and the “ortho constraint”, which is the requirement of an ortho substituent for mono ortho functionalization of haloarenes. Here, we show that all these three constraints could be addressed through designing the electrophiles, phosphine ligands and norbornene ligands. Besides Catellani-type ortho alkylation and arylation, new ortho functionalization methods, such as ortho amination, acylation, carboxylation, thiolation and annulation, have been realized. In addition, using a unique phosphine system, various aryl bromides can be employed as the arene substrates. Moreover, a new class of bridgehead-modified NBEs overcomes the “ortho” constraint, thereby enabling a broadly useful strategy for arene functionalization with complementary site-selectivity to EAS reactions. A range of ortho-unsubstituted aryl iodides, previously problematic substrates, now can be employed to provide mono ortho functionalized products effectively. These methods are applicable for late-stage functionalization of complex bioactive molecules at positions that are difficult to be reached by conventional approaches
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