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Title: Catalytic annulation of heterocycles via a novel redox process involving the imidazolium salt N-heterocyclic carbene couple
Authors: Normand, A.T.
Yen, S.K. 
Huynh, H.V. 
Hor, T.S.A. 
Cavell, K.J.
Issue Date: 14-Jul-2008
Citation: Normand, A.T., Yen, S.K., Huynh, H.V., Hor, T.S.A., Cavell, K.J. (2008-07-14). Catalytic annulation of heterocycles via a novel redox process involving the imidazolium salt N-heterocyclic carbene couple. Organometallics 27 (13) : 3153-3160. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: A novel atom-efficient catalytic reaction, which converts imidazolium salts, with N-butenyl, N-substituted butenyl, and N-pentenyl substituents, into five- and six-membered fused-ring imidazolium and thiazolium salts has been developed. The reaction proceeds through azolium, C2-H, oxidative addition to Ni(O) followed by intramolecular insertion of the N-alkenyl double bond into the Ni hydride to give an intramolecularly bound carbene-Ni-alkyl intermediate. Reductive elimination of the linked carbene and alkyl groups gives the fused-ring azolium products and regenerates the Ni(0) catalyst. Products are potential building blocks for the synthesis of pharmaceuticals and novel ionic liquids. For example, 1,7-dimethyl-6,7-dihydro-5H-pyrrole[l,2-α] imidazolium bromide (2f), a five-membered fused-ring imidazolium salt, is formed from the catalytic ring closing of l-butenyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide (1f). The reaction proceeds at moderate temperatures (50 °C) to give the products in high yield and selectivity. The catalyst was formed in situ from Ni(COD) 2 plus added ligand L (where L = IMes, SMes, IPr, SPr, 4,5-Me 2IPr, PPh3, PCy3, PCy2(Biphenyl), P'Bu3) in DMF. © 2008 American Chemical Society.
Source Title: Organometallics
ISSN: 02767333
DOI: 10.1021/om800140n
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