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Author: Angela Gonzalez-de-Castro (5)


Jun
2017

Catalytic hydrogenation of carboxylic acid esters is essential for the green production of pharmaceuticals, fragrances, and fine chemicals. Herein, we report the efficient hydrogenation of esters with manganese catalysts based on simple bidentate aminophosphine ligands. Monoligated Mn PN complexes are particularly active for the conversion of esters into the corresponding alcohols at Mn concentrations as low as 0.

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Jul
2015

A mild and operationally simple iron-catalyzed protocol for the selective aerobic oxidation of aromatic olefins to carbonyl compounds is described. Catalyzed by a Fe(III) species bearing a pyridine bisimidazoline ligand at 1 atm of O2, α- and β-substituted styrenes were cleaved to afford benzaldehydes and aromatic ketones generally in high yields with excellent chemoselectivity and very good functional group tolerance, including those containing radical-sensitive groups. With α-halo-substituted styrenes, the oxidation took place with concomitant halide migration to afford α-halo acetophenones.

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Apr
2015

NMR studies in conjunction with ab initio calculations revealed unexpected conformational behavior of N-cyclopropylacetamide (1). This secondary amide displays 16-19% E-rotamer (cis) around the carbonyl-nitrogen bond in apolar solvents, in contrast to other aliphatic secondary acetamides in which significant E-rotamer populations are rare due to steric contacts between the substituents on the amide bond. In addition, 1 adopts an ortho conformation around the N-cPr bond instead of the anti conformation generally preferred by secondary acetamides.

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Apr
2015

A new strategy has been developed for the oxidant- and base-free dehydrogenative coupling of N-heterocycles at mild conditions. Under the action of an iridium catalyst, N-heterocycles undergo multiple sp(3) CH activation steps, generating a nucleophilic enamine that reacts in situ with various electrophiles to give highly functionalized products. The dehydrogenative coupling can be cascaded with Friedel-Crafts addition, resulting in a double functionalization of the N-heterocycles.

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Jun
2014

Selective α-oxidation of ethers under aerobic conditions is a long-pursued transformation; however, a green and efficient catalytic version of this reaction remains challenging. Herein, we report a new family of iron catalysts capable of promoting chemoselective α-oxidation of a range of ethers with excellent mass balance and high turnover numbers under 1 atm of O2 with no need for any additives. Unlike metalloenzymes and related biomimetics, the catalyst produces H2 as the only byproduct.

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