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  1. Stable singlet carbenes as mimics for transition metal centers

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    Martin, David; Soleilhavoup, Michele

    2011-01-01

    This perspective summarizes recent results, which demonstrate that stable carbenes can activate small molecules (CO, H2, NH3 and P4) and stabilize highly reactive intermediates (main group elements in the zero oxidation state and paramagnetic species). These two tasks were previously exclusive for transition metal complexes. PMID:21743834

  2. Stable Cyclic Carbenes and Related Species beyond Diaminocarbenes

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    Melaimi, Mohand; Soleilhavoup, Michèle

    2011-01-01

    The success of homogeneous catalysis can be attributed largely to the development of a diverse range of ligand frameworks that have been used to tune the behavior of various systems. Spectacular results in this area have been achieved using cyclic diaminocarbenes (NHCs) as a result of their strong σ-donor properties. Although it is possible to cursorily tune the structure of NHCs, any diversity is still far from matching their phosphorus-based counterparts, which is one of the great strengths of the latter. A variety of stable acyclic carbenes are known, but they are either reluctant to bind metals or they give rise to fragile metal complexes. During the last five years, new types of stable cyclic carbenes, as well as related carbon-based ligands (which are not NHCs), and which feature even stronger σ-donor properties have been developed. Their synthesis and characterization as well as the stability, electronic properties, coordination behavior, and catalytic activity of the ensuing complexes are discussed, and comparisons with their NHC cousins are made. PMID:20836099

  3. Ultra stable self-assembled monolayers of N-heterocyclic carbenes on gold

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    Crudden, Cathleen M.; Horton, J. Hugh; Ebralidze, Iraklii I.; Zenkina, Olena V.; McLean, Alastair B.; Drevniok, Benedict; She, Zhe; Kraatz, Heinz-Bernhard; Mosey, Nicholas J.; Seki, Tomohiro; Keske, Eric C.; Leake, Joanna D.; Rousina-Webb, Alexander; Wu, Gang

    2014-05-01

    Since the first report of thiol-based self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) 30 years ago, these structures have been examined in a huge variety of applications. The oxidative and thermal instabilities of these systems are widely known, however, and are an impediment to their widespread commercial use. Here, we describe the generation of N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC)-based SAMs on gold that demonstrate considerably greater resistance to heat and chemical reagents than the thiol-based counterparts. This increased stability is related to the increased strength of the gold-carbon bond relative to that of a gold-sulfur bond, and to a different mode of bonding in the case of the carbene ligand. Once bound to gold, NHCs are not displaced by thiols or thioethers, and are stable to high temperatures, boiling water, organic solvents, pH extremes, electrochemical cycling above 0 V and 1% hydrogen peroxide. In particular, benzimidazole-derived carbenes provide films with the highest stabilities and evidence of short-range molecular ordering. Chemical derivatization can be employed to adjust the surface properties of NHC-based SAMs.

  4. Cationic Silica-Supported N-Heterocyclic Carbene Tungsten Oxo Alkylidene Sites: Highly Active and Stable Catalysts for Olefin Metathesis.

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    Pucino, Margherita; Mougel, Victor; Schowner, Roman; Fedorov, Alexey; Buchmeiser, Michael R; Copéret, Christophe

    2016-03-18

    Designing supported alkene metathesis catalysts with high activity and stability is still a challenge, despite significant advances in the last years. Described herein is the combination of strong σ-donating N-heterocyclic carbene ligands with weak σ-donating surface silanolates and cationic tungsten sites leading to highly active and stable alkene metathesis catalysts. These well-defined silica-supported catalysts, [(≡SiO)W(=O)(=CHCMe2 Ph)(IMes)(OTf)] and [(≡SiO)W(=O)(=CHCMe2 Ph)(IMes)(+) ][B(Ar(F) )4 (-) ] [IMes=1,3-bis(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)-imidazol-2-ylidene, B(Ar(F) )4 =B(3,5-(CF3 )2 C6 H3 )4 ] catalyze alkene metathesis, and the cationic species display unprecedented activity for a broad range of substrates, especially for terminal olefins with turnover numbers above 1.2 million for propene. PMID:26928967

  5. A stable dimer of SiS2 arranged between two carbene molecules.

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    Mohapatra, Chandrajeet; Mondal, Kartik Chandra; Samuel, Prinson P; Keil, Helena; Niepötter, Benedikt; Herbst-Irmer, Regine; Stalke, Dietmar; Dutta, Sayan; Koley, Debasis; Roesky, Herbert W

    2015-09-01

    The Me-cAAC:-stabilized dimer of silicon disulfide (SiS2 ) has been isolated in the molecular form as (Me-cAAC:)2 Si2 S4 (2) at room temperature [Me-cAAC:=cyclic alkyl(amino) carbene]. Compound 2 has been synthesized from the reaction of (Me-cAAC:)2 Si2 with elemental sulfur in a 1:4 molar ratio under oxidative addition. This is the smallest molecular unit of silicon disulfide characterized by X-ray crystallography, electron ionization mass spectrometry, and NMR spectroscopy. Structures with three sulfur atoms arranged around a silicon atom are known; however, 2 is the first structurally characterized silicon-sulfur compound containing one terminal and two bridging sulfur atoms at each silicon atom. Compound 2 shows no decomposition after storing for three months in an inert atmosphere at ambient temperature. The bonding of 2 has been further studied by theoretical calculations. PMID:26179976

  6. Redox and luminescent properties of robust and air-stable N-heterocyclic carbene group 4 metal complexes.

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    Romain, Charles; Choua, Sylvie; Collin, Jean-Paul; Heinrich, Martine; Bailly, Corinne; Karmazin-Brelot, Lydia; Bellemin-Laponnaz, Stéphane; Dagorne, Samuel

    2014-07-21

    Robust and air-stable homoleptic group 4 complexes of the type M(L)2 [1-3; M = Ti, Zr, Hf; L = dianionic bis(aryloxide) N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligand] were readily synthesized from the NHC proligand 1,3-bis(3,5-di-tert-butyl-2-hydroxyphenyl)imidazolinium chloride (H3L,Cl) and appropriate group 4 precursors. As deduced from cyclic voltammetry studies, the homoleptic bis-adduct zirconium and hafnium complexes 2 and 3 can also be oxidized, with up to four one-electron-oxidation signals for the zirconium derivative 2 (three reversible signals). Electron paramagnetic resonance data for the one-electron oxidation of complexes 1-3 agree with the formation of ligand-centered species. Compounds 2 and 3 are luminescent upon excitation in the absorption band at 362 nm with emissions at 485 and 534 nm with good quantum yields (ϕ = 0.08 and 0.12) for 2 and 3, respectively. In contrast, the titanium complex 1 does not exhibit luminescent properties upon excitation in the absorption band at 310 and 395 nm. Complexes 2 and 3 constitute the first examples of emissive nonmetallocene group 4 metal complexes. PMID:24957272

  7. Carbenes and Nitrenes

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    Coyle, J. D.

    1974-01-01

    Summarizes the general methods for carbene and nitrene formation and the reactions in which carbenes and nitrenes are involved such as their reactions with transition metal atoms, alkenes of aromatic compounds, and uncharged oxygen or nitrogen nucleophiles. (CC)

  8. Arylation of rhodium(II) azavinyl carbenes with boronic acids.

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    Selander, Nicklas; Worrell, Brady T; Chuprakov, Stepan; Velaparthi, Subash; Fokin, Valery V

    2012-09-12

    A highly efficient and stereoselective arylation of in situ-generated azavinyl carbenes affording 2,2-diaryl enamines at ambient temperatures has been developed. These transition-metal carbenes are directly produced from readily available and stable 1-sulfonyl-1,2,3-triazoles in the presence of a rhodium carboxylate catalyst. In several cases, the enamines generated in this reaction can be cyclized into substituted indoles employing copper catalysis. PMID:22913576

  9. Carbenes from ionic liquids.

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    Hollóczki, Oldamur; Nyulászi, László

    2014-01-01

    In the last decade an explosive development has been observed in the fields of both ionic liquids (ILs) as potential chemically inert solvents with many possible technical applications, and N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) as catalysts with superb performance. Since the cations of many ILs can be deprotonated by strong bases yielding NHCs, this two fields are inherently connected. It has only recently been recognized that some of the commonly used basic anions of the ILs (such as acetate) are able to deprotonate azolium cations. While the resulting NHC could clearly be observed in the vapor phase, in the liquid - where the mutual electrostatic interactions within the ion network stabilize the ion pairs - the neutral NHC cannot be detected by commonly used analytical techniques; however, from these ionic liquids NHCs can be trapped, e.g., by complex formation, or more importantly these ILs can be directly used as catalysts, since the NHC content is sufficiently large for these applications. Apart from imidazole-2-ylidenes, the formation of other highly reactive neutral species ("abnormal carbenes," 2-alkylideneimidazoles, pyridine-ylidenes or pyridinium-ylides) is feasible in highly basic ionic liquids. The cross-fertilizing overlap between the two fields may provide access to a great advance in both areas, and we give an overview here on the results published so far, and also on the remaining possibilities and challenges in the concept of "carbenes from ionic liquids." PMID:23539381

  10. Carbene-dichlorosilylene stabilized phosphinidenes exhibiting strong intramolecular charge transfer transition.

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    Roy, Sudipta; Stollberg, Peter; Herbst-Irmer, Regine; Stalke, Dietmar; Andrada, Diego M; Frenking, Gernot; Roesky, Herbert W

    2015-01-14

    The unstable species dichlorosilylene was previously stabilized by carbene. The lone pair of electrons on the silicon atom of (carbene)SiCl2 can form a coordinate bond with metal-carbonyls. Herein we report that (carbene)SiCl2 can stabilize a phosphinidene (Ar-P, a carbone analogue) with the general formula carbene→SiCl2→P-Ar (carbene = cyclic alkyl(amino) carbene (cAAC; 2) and N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC; 3)). Compounds 2 and 3 are stable, isolable, and storable at 0 °C (2) to room temperature (3) under an inert atmosphere. The crystals of 2 and 3 are dark blue and red, respectively. The intense blue color of 2 arises due to the strong intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) transition from πSi═P→π*cAAC. The electronic structure and bonding of 2, 3 were studied by theoretical calculations. The HOMO of the molecule is located on the πSi═P bond, while the LUMO is located at the carbene moiety (cAAC or NHC). The dramatic change in color of these compounds from red (3, NHC) to blue (2, cAAC) is ascribed to the difference in energy of the LUMO within the carbenes (cAAC/NHC) due to a lower lying LUMO of cAAC. PMID:25539016

  11. Synthesis and Properties of Chelating N-Heterocyclic Carbene Rhodium(I) Complexes: Synthetic Experiments in Current Organometallic Chemistry

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    Mata, Jose A.; Poyatos, Macarena; Mas-Marza, Elena

    2011-01-01

    The preparation and characterization of two air-stable Rh(I) complexes bearing a chelating N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligand is described. The synthesis involves the preparation of a Ag(I)-NHC complex and its use as carbene transfer agent to a Rh(I) precursor. The so obtained complex can be further reacted with carbon monoxide to give the…

  12. Carbene-mediated self-assembly of diamondoids on metal surfaces

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    Adhikari, Bibek; Meng, Sheng; Fyta, Maria

    2016-04-01

    N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHC)s are emerging as an alternative class of molecules to thiol-based self-assembled monolayers (SAMs), making carbene-based SAMs much more stable under harsh environmental conditions. In this work, we have functionalized tiny diamondoids using NHCs in order to prepare highly stable carbene-mediated diamondoid SAMs on metal substrates. Using quantum-mechanical simulations and two different configurations for the carbene-functionalized diamondoids attached on gold, silver, and platinum surfaces we were able to study in detail these materials. Specifically, we focus on the binding characteristics, stability, and adsorption of the NHC-mediated diamondoid SAMs on the metal surfaces. A preferential binding to platinum surfaces was found, while a modulation of the work function in all cases was clear. The surface morphology of all NHC-based diamondoid SAMs was revealed through simulated STM images, which show characteristic features for each surface.

  13. Synthesis and reactivity of a CAAC-aminoborylene adduct: a hetero-allene or an organoboron isoelectronic with singlet carbenes.

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    Dahcheh, Fatme; Martin, David; Stephan, Douglas W; Bertrand, Guy

    2014-11-24

    A one-electron reduction of a cyclic (alkyl)(amino)carbene (CAAC)-bis(trimethylsilyl)aminodichloroborane adduct leads to a stable aminoboryl radical. A second one-electron reduction gives rise to a CAAC-aminoborylene adduct, which features an allenic structure. However, in manner similar to that of stable electrophilic singlet carbenes, this compound activates small molecules, such as CO and H2. PMID:25267591

  14. N,N'-Diamidocarbenes: Isolable Divalent Carbons with Bona Fide Carbene Reactivity.

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    Moerdyk, Jonathan P; Schilter, David; Bielawski, Christopher W

    2016-08-16

    Since the first reported isolation of a carbene just over a quarter century ago, the study of such compounds-including stable derivatives-has flourished. Indeed, N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs), of which imidazolylidenes and their derivatives are the most pervasive subclass, feature prominently in organocatalysis, as ligands for transition metal catalysts, and as stabilizers of reactive species. However, imidazolylidenes (and many other NHCs) typically lack the reactivity characteristic of electrophilic carbenes, including insertion into unactivated C-H bonds, participation in [2 + 1] cycloadditions, and reaction with carbon monoxide. This has led to debates over whether NHCs are truly carbenic in nature or perhaps better regarded as ylides. The fundamental and synthetic utility of transformations that involve electrophilic carbenes has motivated our group and others to expand the reactivity of NHCs and other stable carbenes to encompass electrophilic carbene chemistry. These efforts have led to the development of the diamidocarbenes (DACs), a stable and unique subset of the NHCs that feature carbonyl groups inserted into the N-heterocyclic scaffold. To date, crystalline five-, six-, and seven-membered DACs have been prepared and studied. Unlike imidazolylidenes, which are often designated as prototypical NHCs, the DACs exhibit a reactivity profile similar to that of bona fide carbenes, reactive species that are less "tamed" by heteroatom π conjugation. The DACs engage in [2 + 1] cycloadditions with electron-rich or -poor alkenes, aldehydes, alkynes, and nitriles, and doing so in a reversible manner in some cases. They also react with isonitriles, reversibly couple to CO, and mediate the dehydrogenation of hydrocarbons. Such rich chemistry may be rationalized in terms of their ambiphilicity: DACs are nucleophilic, as required for some of the reactions above, yet also have electrophilic character, as evidenced by their insertions into unactivated N-H and C-H bonds

  15. Gold Carbene or Carbenoid: Is There a Difference?

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    Wang, Yahui; Muratore, Michael E; Echavarren, Antonio M

    2015-01-01

    By reviewing the recent progress on the elucidation of the structure of gold carbenes and the definitions of metal carbenes and carbenoids, we recommend to use the term gold carbene to describe gold carbene-like intermediates, regardless of whether the carbene or carbocation extreme resonance dominates. Gold carbenes, because of the weak metal-to-carbene π-back-donation and their strongly electrophilic reactivity, could be classified into the broader family of Fischer carbenes, although their behavior and properties are very specific. PMID:25786384

  16. Continuous-Flow N-Heterocyclic Carbene Generation and Organocatalysis.

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    Di Marco, Lorenzo; Hans, Morgan; Delaude, Lionel; Monbaliu, Jean-Christophe M

    2016-03-18

    Two methods were assessed for the generation of common N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) from stable imidazol(in)ium precursors using convenient and straightforward continuous-flow setups with either a heterogeneous inorganic base (Cs2 CO3 or K3 PO4 ) or a homogeneous organic base (KN(SiMe3 )2 ). In-line quenching with carbon disulfide revealed that the homogeneous strategy was most efficient for the preparation of a small library of NHCs. The generation of free nucleophilic carbenes was next telescoped with two benchmark NHC-catalyzed reactions; namely, the transesterification of vinyl acetate with benzyl alcohol and the amidation of N-Boc-glycine methyl ester with ethanolamine. Both organocatalytic transformations proceeded with total conversion and excellent yields were achieved after extraction, showcasing the first examples of continuous-flow organocatalysis with NHCs. PMID:26880372

  17. Ruthenium Vinyl Carbene Intermediates in Enyne Metathesis

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    Diver, Steven T.

    2009-01-01

    This review provides an overview of ruthenium vinyl carbene reactivity as it relates to enyne metathesis. Methods for the synthesis of metathesis-active and metathesis-inactive complexes are also summarized. Some of the early hypotheses about vinyl carbene intermediates in enyne metatheses were tested in the arena of synthetic chemistry and subsequently led to mechanistic studies. In these two areas, studies from the author's labs are described. There are still many unresolved questions in enyne metathesis that trace back to vinyl carbene reactivity. Hopefully this review will stimulate further investigation into vinyl carbene reactivity which should further refine our understanding of catalytic enyne metathesis. PMID:19590747

  18. Computational Chemistry Studies on the Carbene Hydroxymethylene

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    Marzzacco, Charles J.; Baum, J. Clayton

    2011-01-01

    A density functional theory computational chemistry exercise on the structure and vibrational spectrum of the carbene hydroxymethylene is presented. The potential energy curve for the decomposition reaction of the carbene to formaldehyde and the geometry of the transition state are explored. The results are in good agreement with recent…

  19. Lewis Base Catalysts 6: Carbene Catalysts

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    Moore, Jennifer L.

    2013-01-01

    The use of N-heterocyclic carbenes as catalysts for organic transformations has received increased attention in the past 10 years. A discussion of catalyst development and nucleophilic characteristics precedes a description of recent advancements and new reactions using N-heterocyclic carbenes in catalysis. PMID:21494949

  20. A Three-Step Laboratory Sequence to Prepare a Carbene Complex of Silver(I) Chloride

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    Canal, John P.; Ramnial, Taramatee; Langlois, Lisa D.; Abernethy, Colin D.; Clyburne, Jason A. C.

    2008-01-01

    We have developed a multistep inorganic synthesis experiment for our second-year undergraduate teaching laboratory that introduces students to modern organometallic chemistry. The ligands are prepared in two simple steps and the preparation of an air-stable silver carbene complex is accomplished in the third step. The students are introduced to…

  1. N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Catalyzed Alcohol Acetylation: An Organic Experiment Using Organocatalysis

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    Morgan, John P.; Shrimp, Jonathan H.

    2014-01-01

    Undergraduate students in the teaching laboratory have successfully used N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) as organocatalysts for the acetylation of primary alcohols, despite the high water sensitivity of uncomplexed ("free") NHCs. The free NHC readily reacted with chloroform, resulting in an air- and moisture-stable adduct that liberates…

  2. The reactivity game: theoretical predictions for heavy atom tunneling in adamantyl and related carbenes.

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    Kozuch, S

    2014-05-01

    The possibility of carbon atom tunneling at cryogenic temperatures for carbene-based ring expansion of adamantane analogues calls for a delicate balance of reactivity to experimentally detect the transpiring reaction. An overly reactive carbene will precipitously decay; an excessively stable carbene will not tunnel. Nevertheless, the factors that affect the quantum-mechanical tunneling (QMT) reactivity - mass, barrier height and width - are strikingly different from the classical "over the barrier" thermal mechanism. Herein, comparisons with experimental values and predictions on measurable rate constants for novel carbene systems are presented by way of small curvature tunneling (SCT) computations. Adamantane, noradamantane and bisnoradamantane have a significantly different C-C bond strain and reactivity, which can be modulated by tinkering with the carbene substituent atom (H, Cl or F) to obtain an observable lifetime of the reactant. The influence of barrier heights and widths, kinetic isotope effects (KIEs), the detection of the tunneling-determining atoms (TDA) and the comparisons with hydrogen-based reactions are discussed with the objective of finding the physical limits for QMT. PMID:24590008

  3. An Entry to Mixed NHC-Fischer Carbene Complexes and Zwitterionic Group 6 Metal Alkenyls.

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    Sierra, Miguel A; Merinero, Alba D; Giner, Elena A; Gómez-Gallego, Mar; Ramírez de Arellano, Carmen

    2016-09-12

    The addition of NHCs to α,β-unsaturated Cr(0) and W(0) (Fischer) carbene complexes is strongly dependent on the electrophilicity of the carbene carbon. Electrophilic alkoxy-carbene complexes quantitatively react with NHCs to yield stable zwitterionic (racemic) Cr(0) - and W(0) -alkenyls with total regio- and E-stereoselectivity. Less electrophilic aminocarbenes react with NHCs to promote the displacement of a CO ligand and yield "mixed" NHC/Fischer biscarbenes in a process that is unprecedented in group 6 metal-carbene chemistry. In fact, the compounds prepared, are some of the scarce examples of Fischer bisylidenes reported in the literature. The electrochemistry of the zwitterionic Cr(0) - and W(0) -alkenylcomplexes made, show that these compounds have a strong reductor character, which is demonstrated in their reactions towards [Ph3 C][PF6 ]. The oxidation processes lead to new types of cationic Fischer mono- and biscarbene complexes having a charged NHC fragment in their structures, in a new example of the use of electron-transfer reactions as a method to prepare novel group 6 (Fischer) carbene complexes. PMID:27459647

  4. Abnormal carbene-silicon halide complexes.

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    Wang, Yuzhong; Xie, Yaoming; Wei, Pingrong; Schaefer, Henry F; Robinson, Gregory H

    2016-04-14

    Reaction of the anionic N-heterocyclic dicarbene (NHDC), [:C{[N(2,6-Pr(i)2C6H3)]2CHCLi}]n (1), with SiCl4 gives the trichlorosilyl-substituted (at the C4 carbon) N-heterocyclic carbene complex (7). Abnormal carbene-SiCl4 complex (8) may be conveniently synthesized by combining 7 with HCl·NEt3. In addition, 7 may react with CH2Cl2 in warm hexane, giving the abnormal carbene-complexed SiCl3(+) cation (9). The nature of the bonding in 9 was probed with complementary DFT computations. PMID:26605692

  5. N-Heterocyclic carbene boranes are good hydride donors.

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    Horn, Markus; Mayr, Herbert; Lacôte, Emmanuel; Merling, Everett; Deaner, Jordan; Wells, Sarah; McFadden, Timothy; Curran, Dennis P

    2012-01-01

    The nucleophilicity parameters (N) of 1,3-bis(2,6-diisopropylphenyl)imidazol-2-ylidene borane and 1,3-dimethylimidazol-2-ylidene borane are 9.55 and 11.88. This places N-heterocyclic carbene boranes (NHC-boranes) among the most nucleophilic classes of neutral hydride donors. Reductions of highly electron-poor C═N and C═C bonds provide hydrogenation products along with new, stable borylated products. The results suggest that NHC-boranes have considerable untapped potential as neutral organic reductants. PMID:22149270

  6. Carbene formation upon reactive dissolution of metal oxides in imidazolium ionic liquids.

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    Wellens, Sil; Brooks, Neil R; Thijs, Ben; Meervelt, Luc Van; Binnemans, Koen

    2014-03-01

    Metal oxides were found to dissolve in different imidazolium ionic liquids with a hydrogen atom in the C2 position of the imidazolium ring, but not if a methyl substituent was present in the C2 position. The crystal structure of the product that crystallised from an ionic liquid containing dissolved silver(i) oxide showed that this was a silver(i) carbene complex. The presence of carbenes in solution was proven by (13)C NMR spectroscopy and the reactions were also monitored by Raman spectroscopy. The dissolution of other metal oxides, namely copper(ii) oxide, zinc(ii) oxide and nickel(ii) oxide, was also studied in imidazolium ionic liquids and it was found that stable zinc(ii) carbenes were formed in solution, but these did not crystallise under the given experimental conditions. A crystalline nickel(ii) carbene complex could be obtained from a solution of nickel(ii) chloride dissolved in a mixture of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium and 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate. PMID:24390601

  7. Metal-Ligand Cooperativity in a Methandiide-Derived Iridium Carbene Complex.

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    Weismann, Julia; Waterman, Rory; Gessner, Viktoria H

    2016-03-01

    The synthesis, electronic structure, and reactivity of the first Group 9 carbene complex, [Cp*IrL] [L=C(Ph2 PS)(SO2 Ph)] (2), based on a dilithio methandiide are reported. Spectroscopic as well as computational studies have shown that, despite using a late transition-metal precursor, sufficient charge transfer occurred from the methandiide to the metal, resulting in a stable, nucleophilic carbene species with pronounced metal-carbon double-bond character. The potential of this iridium complex in the activation of a series of E-H bonds by means of metal-ligand cooperation has been tested. These studies have revealed distinct differences in the reactivity of 2 compared to a previously reported ruthenium analogue. Whereas attempts to activate the O-H bond in different phenol derivatives resulted in ligand cleavage, H-H and Si-H activation as well as dehydrogenation of isopropanol have been accomplished. These reactions are driven by the transformation of the carbene to an alkyl ligand. Contrary to a previously reported ruthenium carbene system, the dihydrogen activation has been found to proceed by a stepwise mechanism, with the activation first taking place solely at the metal. The activated products further reacted to afford a cyclometalated complex through liberation of the activated substrates. In the case of triphenylsilane, cyclometalation could thus be induced by a substoichiometric (i.e., catalytic) amount of silane. PMID:26748420

  8. Frustrated N-heterocyclic carbene-silylium ion Lewis pairs.

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    Silva Valverde, Miguel F; Theuergarten, Eileen; Bannenberg, Thomas; Freytag, Matthias; Jones, Peter G; Tamm, Matthias

    2015-05-28

    The reaction of the N-heterocyclic carbene 1,3-di-tert-butyl-4,5-dimethylimidazolin-2-ylidene () with trimethylsilyl iodide, triflate and triflimidate [Me3SiX, X = I, CF3SO3 (OTf), (CF3SO2)2N (NTf2)] by mixing the neat, liquid starting materials afforded the corresponding 2-(trimethylsilyl)imidazolium salts [()SiMe3]X as highly reactive, white crystalline solids. Only the triflimidate (X = NTf2) proved to be stable in solution and could be characterized by means of NMR spectroscopy (in C6D5Br) and X-ray diffraction analysis, whereas dissociation into free and Me3SiOTf was observed for the triflate system, in agreement with the trend derived by DFT calculations; the iodide was too insoluble for characterization. The compounds [()SiMe3]X showed the reactivity expected for frustrated carbene-silylium pairs, and treatment with carbon dioxide, tert-butyl isocyanate and diphenylbutadiyne gave the 1,2-addition products [()CO2SiMe3]X (X = I, OTf, NTf2), [()C(NtBu)OSiMe3]OTf and [()C(Ph)C(SiMe3)CCPh]OTf, respectively. Upon reaction with [AuCl(PPh3)], metal-chloride bond activation was observed, with formation of the cationic gold(i) complexes [()Au(PPh3)]X (X = OTf, NTf2). PMID:25912291

  9. Direct estimate of the internal π-donation to the carbene centre within N-heterocyclic carbenes and related molecules

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    Andrada, Diego M; Holzmann, Nicole; Hamadi, Thomas

    2015-01-01

    Summary Fifteen cyclic and acylic carbenes have been calculated with density functional theory at the BP86/def2-TZVPP level. The strength of the internal X→p(π) π-donation of heteroatoms and carbon which are bonded to the C(II) atom is estimated with the help of NBO calculations and with an energy decomposition analysis. The investigated molecules include N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs), the cyclic alkyl(amino)carbene (cAAC), mesoionic carbenes and ylide-stabilized carbenes. The bonding analysis suggests that the carbene centre in cAAC and in diamidocarbene have the weakest X→p(π) π-donation while mesoionic carbenes possess the strongest π-donation. PMID:26877795

  10. Studies of coal structure using carbene chemistry

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    1990-01-01

    The object of this grant was to react coal, derivatized forms of coal, and solvent swelled coal with carbenes (divalent carbon species) under mild conditions. These carbenes were to be prepared by treating the coal with several diazo compounds and then thermally decomposing them at relatively low temperatures (80--130{degree}C). The carbenes were to be chosen to show varying selectively toward aromatic rings containing heteroatom functionalities and toward polynuclear aromatic systems. In some instances, where selectivities toward aromatic and heteroaromatic ring systems were not known, model studies were to be carried out. Because of the generally mild conditions employed and the good selectivity anticipated, and actually observed with one particular system, it was expected that this methodology would provide structural information about the coal, along with data on the extent of occurrence and type of aromatic systems. After carbene reactions, treatment of the coal samples was to include extractions and thermolysis. Physical studies included thermogravimetric analysis, diffuse reflectance FT-IR spectroscopy, NMR ({sup 1}H and {sup 13}C) spectroscopy, gas chromatography, GC/MS and GC/FT-IR. 7 figs., 10 tabs.

  11. Unusual solvation through both p-orbital lobes of a carbene carbon

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    Hadad, C. Z.; Jenkins, Samantha; Flórez, Elizabeth

    2015-03-01

    As a result of a configurational space search done to explain the experimental evidence of transient specific solvation of singlet fluorocarbene amide with tetrahydrofuran, we found that the most stable structures consist in a group in which each oxygen of two tetrahydrofuran molecules act as electron donor to its respective empty p-orbital lobe of the carbene carbon atom, located at each side of the carbene molecular plane. This kind of species, which to our knowledge has not been reported before, explains very well the particular experimental characteristics observed for the transient solvation of this system. We postulate that the simultaneous interaction to both p-orbital lobes seems to confer a special stability to the solvation complexes, because this situation moves away the systems from the proximity of the corresponding transition states for the ylide products. Additionally, we present an analysis of other solvation complexes and a study of the nature of the involved interactions.

  12. Unusual solvation through both p-orbital lobes of a carbene carbon

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    Hadad, C. Z.; Jenkins, Samantha; Flórez, Elizabeth

    2015-03-07

    As a result of a configurational space search done to explain the experimental evidence of transient specific solvation of singlet fluorocarbene amide with tetrahydrofuran, we found that the most stable structures consist in a group in which each oxygen of two tetrahydrofuran molecules act as electron donor to its respective empty p-orbital lobe of the carbene carbon atom, located at each side of the carbene molecular plane. This kind of species, which to our knowledge has not been reported before, explains very well the particular experimental characteristics observed for the transient solvation of this system. We postulate that the simultaneous interaction to both p-orbital lobes seems to confer a special stability to the solvation complexes, because this situation moves away the systems from the proximity of the corresponding transition states for the ylide products. Additionally, we present an analysis of other solvation complexes and a study of the nature of the involved interactions.

  13. Generalization of the Copper to Late-Transition-Metal Transmetallation to Carbenes beyond N-Heterocyclic Carbenes.

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    Bidal, Yannick D; Santoro, Orlando; Melaimi, Mohand; Cordes, David B; Slawin, Alexandra M Z; Bertrand, Guy; Cazin, Catherine S J

    2016-06-27

    Carbene transition-metal complexes have become a prevalent family of catalysts enabling numerous organic transformations. Their facile synthetic access is a matter of great importance. To this end, the Cu(I) -NHC transfer methodology has emerged as a powerful alternative presenting attractive advantages over other methods. Herein, we report the remarkable ability of copper to transfer not only NHCs but also other types of carbenes such as abnormal NHCs (aNHCs), cyclic (alkyl)(amino)carbenes (CAACs), and mesoionic carbenes (MICs) to various transition metal precursors. PMID:27238837

  14. Mechanistic insight into the Staudinger reaction catalyzed by N-heterocyclic carbenes.

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    Hans, Morgan; Wouters, Johan; Demonceau, Albert; Delaude, Lionel

    2013-07-15

    Four zwitterions were prepared by treating 1,3-dimesitylimidazolin-2-ylidene (SIMes) or 1,3-dimesitylimidazol-2-ylidene (IMes) with either N-tosyl benzaldimine or diphenylketene. They were isolated in high yields and characterized by IR and NMR spectroscopy. The molecular structures of three of them were determined by using X-ray crystallography and their thermal stability was monitored by using thermogravimetric analysis. The imidazol(in)ium-2-amides were rather labile white solids that did not show any tendency to tautomerize into the corresponding 1,2,2-triaminoethene derivatives. They displayed a mediocre catalytic activity in the Staudinger reaction of N-tosyl benzaldimine with diphenylketene. In contrast, the imidazol(in)ium-2-enolates were orange-red crystalline materials that remained stable over extended periods of time. Despite their greater stability, these zwitterions turned out to be efficient promoters for the model cycloaddition under scrutiny. As a matter of fact, their catalytic activity matched those recorded with the free carbenes. Altogether, these results provide strong experimental insight into the mechanism of the Staudinger reaction catalyzed by N-heterocyclic carbenes. They also highlight the superior catalytic activity of the imidazole-based carbene IMes compared with its saturated analogue SIMes in the reaction under consideration. PMID:23754585

  15. Synthesis in situ of gold nanoparticles by a dialkynyl Fischer carbene complex anchored to glass surfaces

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    Bertolino, María Candelaria; Granados, Alejandro Manuel

    2016-10-01

    In this work we present a detailed study of classic reactions such as "click reaction" and nucleophilic substitution reaction but on glass solid surface (slides). We used different reactive center of a dialkynylalcoxy Fischer carbene complex of tungsten(0) to be anchored to modified glass surface with amine, to obtain aminocarbene, and azide terminal groups. These cycloaddition reaction showed regioselectivity to internal triple bond of dialkynyl Fischer carbene complex without Cu(I) as catalyst. Anyway the carbene anchored was able to act as a reducing agent to produce in situ very stable gold nanoparticles fixed on surface. We showed the characterization of modified glasses by contact angle measurements and XPS. Synthesized nanoparticles were characterized by SEM, XPS, EDS and UV-vis. The modified glasses showed an important enhancement Raman-SERS. This simple, fast and robust method to create a polifunctional and hybrid surfaces can be valuable in a wide range of applications such as Raman-SERS substrates and other optical fields.

  16. New Approaches to the Synthesis of Metal Carbenes.

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    Jia, Minqiang; Ma, Shengming

    2016-08-01

    Metal carbenes usually possess versatile reactivities that are controlled by the presence of both the metals and the ligands. Diazo compounds are commonly used for the generation of such species through elimination of nitrogen. However, they are often unstable, explosive, and toxic, which limits their applications in large-scale syntheses. Thus, identifying sustainable and safe surrogates for the generation of metal carbenes has attracted great attention. In this Review, we summarize some of the most important breakthroughs in the generation, catalytic reactions, and selectivity control of metal carbenes from non-diazo starting compounds. PMID:27310878

  17. New metathesis catalyst bearing chromanyl moieties at the N-heterocyclic carbene ligand

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    Suchodolski, Szymon; Wojtkielewicz, Agnieszka; Morzycki, Jacek W

    2015-01-01

    Summary The synthesis of a new type of Hoveyda–Grubbs 2nd generation catalyst bearing a modified N-heterocyclic carbene ligands is reported. The new catalyst contains an NHC ligand symmetrically substituted with chromanyl moieties. The complex was tested in model CM and RCM reactions. It showed very high activity in CM reactions with electron-deficient α,β-unsaturated compounds even at 0 °C. It was also examined in more demanding systems such as conjugated dienes and polyenes. The catalyst is stable, storable and easy to purify. PMID:26877801

  18. Theoretical strategies toward stabilization of singlet remote N-heterocyclic carbenes.

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    Borthakur, Bitupon; Silvi, Bernard; Dewhurst, Rian D; Phukan, Ashwini K

    2016-06-15

    Theoretical investigations predict that the singlet states of ylide-substituted remote carbenes are significantly stable and comparable to those of experimentally known NHCs. They are also found to be strongly σ-donating in nature as evident from an evaluation of the carbonyl stretching frequencies (νCO ) of their complexes with the [Rh(CO)2 Cl] fragment. NICS and QTAIM based bond magnetizability calculations indicate the presence of cyclic electron delocalization in majority of the molecules. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:27010516

  19. Latent ruthenium–indenylidene catalysts bearing a N-heterocyclic carbene and a bidentate picolinate ligand

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    Schmid, Thibault E; Modicom, Florian; Dumas, Adrien; Borré, Etienne; Toupet, Loic

    2015-01-01

    Summary A silver-free methodology was developed for the synthesis of unprecedented N-heterocyclic carbene ruthenium indenylidene complexes bearing a bidentate picolinate ligand. The highly stable (SIPr)(picolinate)RuCl(indenylidene) complex 4a (SIPr = 1,3-bis(2-6-diisopropylphenyl)imidazolidin-2-ylidene) demonstrated excellent latent behaviour in ring closing metathesis (RCM) reaction and could be activated in the presence of a Brønsted acid. The versatility of the catalyst 4a was subsequently demonstrated in RCM, cross-metathesis (CM) and enyne metathesis reactions. PMID:26425213

  20. Protonation of Homoenolate Equivalents Generated by N-Heterocyclic Carbenes

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    Maki, Brooks E.; Chan, Audrey; Scheidt, Karl A.

    2010-01-01

    Homoenolate equivalents are generated by Lewis basic N-heterocyclic carbene catalysts and then protonated to generate efficiently saturated esters from unsaturated aldehydes. This reactivity is extended to the generation of β-acylvinyl anions from alkynyl aldehydes. The asymmetric protonation of a homoenolate equivalent generated from a β,β-disubstituted aldehyde can be accomplished with a chiral N-heterocyclic carbene. PMID:22347730

  1. Preparation and use of carbonyl-decorated carbenes in the activation of white phosphorus.

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    Torres, Antonio J; Dorsey, Christopher L; Hudnall, Todd W

    2014-01-01

    Here we present a protocol for the synthesis of two distinct carbonyl-decorated carbenes. Both carbenes can be prepared using nearly identical procedures in multi-gram scale quantities. The goal of this manuscript is to clearly detail how to handle and prepare these unique carbenes such that a synthetic chemist of any skill level can work with them. The two carbenes described are a diamidocarbene (DAC, carbene 1) and a monoamidoaminocarbene (MAAC 2). These carbenes are highly electron-deficient and as such display reactivity profiles that are atypical of more traditional N-heterocyclic carbenes. Additionally, these two carbenes only differ in their electrophilic character and not their steric parameters, making them ideal for studying how carbene electronics influence reactivity. To demonstrate this phenomenon, we are also describing the activation of white phosphorus (P4) using these carbenes. Depending on the carbene used, two very different phosphorus-containing compounds can be isolated. When the DAC 1 is used, a tris(phosphaalkenyl)phosphane can be isolated as the exclusive product. Remarkably however, when MAAC 2 is added to P4 under identical reaction conditions, an unexpected carbene-supported P8 allotrope of phosphorus is isolated exclusively. Mechanistic studies demonstrate that this carbene-supported P8allotrope forms via a [2+2] cycloaddition dimerization of a transient diphosphene which has been trapped by treatment with 2,3-dimethyl-1,3-butadiene. PMID:25350272

  2. How can a carbene be active in an ionic liquid?

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    Thomas, Martin; Brehm, Martin; Hollóczki, Oldamur; Kirchner, Barbara

    2014-02-01

    The solvation of the carbene 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazole-2-ylidene in the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate was investigated by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations in order to reveal the interaction between these two highly important classes of materials: N-heterocyclic carbenes with superb catalytic activity and ionic liquids with advantageous properties as solvents and reaction media. In contrast to previously published data on analogous systems, no hydrogen bond is observed between the hypovalent carbon atom and the most acidic ring hydrogen atoms, as these interaction sites of the imidazolium ring are predominantly occupied by the acetate ions. Keeping the carbene away from the ring hydrogen atoms prevents stabilization of this reactive species, and hence any retarding effect on subsequent reactions, which explains the observed high reactivity of the carbene in acetate-based ionic liquids. Instead, the carbene exhibits a weaker interaction with the methyl group of the imidazolium cation by forming a hitherto unprecedented kind of C⋅⋅⋅H-C hydrogen bond. This unexpected finding not only indicates a novel kind of hydrogen bond for carbenes, but also shows that such interaction sites of the imidazolium cation are not limited to the ring hydrogen atoms. Thus, the results give the solute-solvent interactions within ionic liquids a new perspective, and provide a further, albeit weak, site of interaction to tune in order to achieve the desired environment for any dissolved active ingredient. PMID:24375892

  3. A molecular mechanical model for N-heterocyclic carbenes.

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    Gehrke, Sascha; Hollóczki, Oldamur

    2016-08-10

    In this work we present a set of force fields for nine synthetically relevant and/or structurally interesting N-heterocyclic carbenes, including imidazol-, thiazol-, triazol-, imidazolidin-, and pyridine-ylidenes. The bonding parameters were calculated by using a series of geometry optimizations by ab initio methods. For fitting the non-bonding interactions, a water molecule was employed as a probe. The interaction energy between the carbene and the probe molecule was sampled along two coordinates for each carbene, representing the interaction through the lone pair, or the π system of the molecule. The corresponding reference interaction energies were obtained by CCSD(T)/CBS calculations. To describe the direction dependence of the intermolecular potential energy, an extra, massless Coulombic interaction site was included for all carbenes, which represents the lone pair of the divalent carbon atom. The resulting fitted carbene force field (CaFF) showed a robust behavior regarding probe molecule, as changing the molecular mechanical water model, or employing, instead, an OPLS methanol molecule did not introduce significant deviations in the potential energies. The obtained CaFF models are easy to merge with standard OPLS or AMBER force fields, therefore the molecular simulations of a large number of N-heterocyclic carbenes becomes available. PMID:27426687

  4. Poly(fluoroalkyl acrylate)-bound ruthenium carbene complex: a fluorous and recyclable catalyst for ring-closing olefin metathesis.

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    Yao, Qingwei; Zhang, Yiliang

    2004-01-14

    The synthesis of a fluorous olefin metathesis catalyst derived from the Grubbs second-generation ruthenium carbene complex is described. The air stable fluorous polymer-bound ruthenium carbene complex 1 shows high reactivity in effecting the ring-closing metathesis of a broad spectrum of diene and enyne substrates leading to the formation of di-, tri-, and tetrasubstituted cyclic olefins in minimally fluorous solvent systems (PhCF3/CH2Cl2, 1:9-1:49 v/v). The catalyst can be readily separated from the reaction mixture by fluorous extraction with FC-72 and repeatedly reused. The practical advantage offered by the fluorous catalyst is demonstrated by its sequential use in up to five different metathesis reactions. PMID:14709066

  5. A cyclic (alkyl)(amido)carbene: synthesis, study and utility as a desulfurization reagent.

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    McCarty, Zachary R; Lastovickova, Dominika N; Bielawski, Christopher W

    2016-04-01

    The synthesis and study of a cyclic (alkyl)(amido)carbene is described. The carbene was found to undergo C-H insertion at low temperatures, formed cyclopropenes upon exposure to alkynes, and facilitated desulfurization reactions. Spectroscopic studies revealed that the carbene is strongly π-accepting but retains a complimentary degree of σ-donating properties. PMID:27010415

  6. CPh3 as a functional group in P-heterocyclic chemistry: elimination of HCPh3 in the reaction of P-CPh3 substituted Li/Cl phosphinidenoid complexes with Ph2C=O.

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    García, C Murcia; Ferao, A Espinosa; Schnakenburg, G; Streubel, R

    2016-02-14

    P-CPh3 substituted oxaphosphirane complexes 3 were prepared using Li/Cl phosphinidenoid complexes 2 (M = Cr, Mo, W) and benzaldehyde. Employing 2 and benzophenone resulted in the formation of oxaphospholane complexes 4 and 5, the former bearing a benzo[c]-1,2-oxaphospholane and the latter a novel pentacyclic P-ligand. According to DFT studies the latter P-heterocycle arises from formal dimerization of a transient benzofused 2-phosphafurane complex 8, one of the fragments undergoing water-catalyzed [1,3]H shift (4) and the other (11) formed via elimination of HCPh3. PMID:26751149

  7. Two Equilibria of (N-Methyl-3-pyridinium)chlorocarbene, a Cationic Carbene.

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    Cang, Hui; Moss, Robert A; Krogh-Jespersen, Karsten

    2016-02-11

    Equilibrium constants and the associated thermodynamic parameters are reported for the equilibria established between the cationic carbene (N-methyl-3-pyridinium)chlorocarbene tetrafluoroborate (MePyr(+)CCl BF4(-), 3) and 1,3,5-trimethoxybenzene (TMB) to form a carbene-TMB complex, as well as between carbene 3 and chloride ion to form the zwitterion, N-methyl-3-pyridinium dichloromethide (10). These equilibrium constants and thermodynamic parameters are contrasted with analogous data for several related carbenes, and the influence of the pyridinium unit in carbene 3 is thereby highlighted. Computational studies augment and elucidate the experimental results. PMID:26830199

  8. Adducts of nitrous oxide and N-heterocyclic carbenes: syntheses, structures, and reactivity.

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    Tskhovrebov, Alexander G; Vuichoud, Basile; Solari, Euro; Scopelliti, Rosario; Severin, Kay

    2013-06-26

    N-Heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) react at ambient conditions with nitrous oxide to give covalent adducts. In the crystal, all compounds show a bent N2O group connected via the N-atom to the former carbene carbon atom. Most adducts are stable at room temperature, but heating induces decomposition into the corresponding ureas. Kinetic experiments show that the thermal stability of the NHC-N2O adducts depends on steric as well as electronic effects. The coordination of N2O to NHCs weakens the N-N bond substantially, and facile N-N bond rupture was observed in reactions with acid or acetyl chloride. On the other hand, reaction with tritylium tetrafluoroborate resulted in a covalent modification of the terminal O-atom, and cleavage of the C-N2O bond was observed in a reaction with thionyl chloride. The coordination chemistry of IMes-N2O (IMes = 1,3-dimesitylimidazol-2-ylidene) was explored in reactions with the complexes CuOTf, Fe(OTf)2, PhSnCl3, CuCl2, and Zn(C6F5)2. Structural analyses show that IMes-N2O is able to act as a N-donor, as an O-donor, or as a chelating N,O-donor. The different coordination modes go along with pronounced electronic changes as evidenced by a bond length analysis. PMID:23758062

  9. Selective Activation of Fluoroalkenes with N-Heterocyclic Carbenes: Synthesis of N-Heterocyclic Fluoroalkenes and Polyfluoroalkenyl Imidazolium Salts.

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    Leclerc, Matthew C; Gorelsky, Serge I; Gabidullin, Bulat M; Korobkov, Ilia; Baker, R Tom

    2016-06-01

    Selective reactions between nucleophilic N,N'-diaryl-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) and electrophilic fluorinated alkenes afford NHC fluoroalkenes in high yields. These stable compounds undergo efficient and selective fluoride abstraction with Lewis acids to give polyfluoroalkenyl imidazolium salts. These salts react at Cβ with pyrrolidine to give ammonium fluoride-substituted salts, which give rise to conjugated imidazolium-enamine salts through loss of HF. Alternatively, reaction with 4-(dimethylamino)-pyridine provides a Cα-pyridinium-substituted NHC fluoroalkene. These compounds were studied using multinuclear NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and X-ray crystallography. Insight into their electronic structure and reactivity was gained through the use of DFT calculations. PMID:27142160

  10. Fundamental spectroscopic studies of carbenes and hydrocarbon radicals

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    Gottlieb, C.A.; Thaddeus, P.

    1993-12-01

    Highly reactive carbenes and carbon-chain radicals are studied at millimeter wavelengths by observing their rotational spectra. The purpose is to provide definitive spectroscopic identification, accurate spectroscopic constants in the lowest vibrational states, and reliable structures of the key intermediates in reactions leading to aromatic hydrocarbons and soot particles in combustion.

  11. Gold Sulfinyl Mesoionic Carbenes: Synthesis, Structure, and Catalytic Activity.

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    Frutos, María; Avello, Marta G; Viso, Alma; Fernández de la Pradilla, Roberto; de la Torre, María C; Sierra, Miguel A; Gornitzka, Heinz; Hemmert, Catherine

    2016-08-01

    Gold mesoionic carbenes having a chiral sulfoxide group attached to the C4 position of the five membered ring have been prepared and tested as catalysts in the cycloisomerization of enynes. These new catalysts are very efficient, with the sulfoxide moiety playing a key role in their activity and the N1-substituent in control of the regioselectivity of these processes. PMID:27403763

  12. Fischer and Schrock Carbene Complexes: A Molecular Modeling Exercise

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    Montgomery, Craig D.

    2015-01-01

    An exercise in molecular modeling that demonstrates the distinctive features of Fischer and Schrock carbene complexes is presented. Semi-empirical calculations (PM3) demonstrate the singlet ground electronic state, restricted rotation about the C-Y bond, the positive charge on the carbon atom, and hence, the electrophilic nature of the Fischer…

  13. CAAC Boranes. Synthesis and characterization of cyclic (alkyl) (amino) carbene borane complexes from BF₃ and BH₃.

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    Monot, Julien; Fensterbank, Louis; Malacria, Max; Lacôte, Emmanuel; Geib, Steven J; Curran, Dennis P

    2010-01-01

    In situ formation of two cyclic (alkyl) (amino) carbenes (CAACs) followed by addition of BF₃•Et₂O provided the first two examples of CAAC-BF₃ complexes: 1-(2,6-diisopropylphenyl)-3,5,5-trimethyl-3-phenylpyrrolidin-2-ylidene trifluoroborane, and 2-(2,6-diisopropylphenyl)-3,3-dimethyl-2-azaspiro[4.5]decan-1-ylidene trifluoroborane. These CAAC-BF₃ complexes are robust compounds that are stable to ambient laboratory conditions and silica gel chromatography. They were characterized by spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography. In contrast, a CAAC complex with borane (BH₃) was readily formed in situ according to ¹H and ¹¹B NMR analysis, but did not survive the workup conditions. These results set the stage for further studies of the chemistry of CAAC boranes. PMID:20978616

  14. The First Crystal Structure of a Reactive Dirhodium Carbene Complex and a Versatile Method for the Preparation of Gold Carbenes by Rhodium‐to‐Gold Transmetalation

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    Werlé, Christophe; Goddard, Richard

    2015-01-01

    Abstract The dirhodium carbene derived from bis(4‐methoxyphenyl)diazomethane and [Rh(tpa)4]⋅CH2Cl2 (tpa=triphenylacetate) was characterized by UV, IR, and NMR spectroscopy, HRMS, as well as by X‐ray diffraction. The isolated complex exhibits prototypical rhodium carbene reactivity in that it cyclopropanates 4‐methoxystyrene at low temperature. Experimental structural information on this important type of reactive intermediate is extremely scarce and thus serves as a reference point for mechanistic discussions of rhodium catalysis in general. Moreover, dirhodium carbenes are shown to undergo remarkably facile carbene transfer on treatment with [LAuNTf2] (L=phosphine). This formal transmetalation opens a valuable new entry into gold carbene complexes that cannot easily be made otherwise; three fully characterized representatives illustrate this aspect. PMID:26534892

  15. The First Crystal Structure of a Reactive Dirhodium Carbene Complex and a Versatile Method for the Preparation of Gold Carbenes by Rhodium-to-Gold Transmetalation.

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    Werlé, Christophe; Goddard, Richard; Fürstner, Alois

    2015-12-14

    The dirhodium carbene derived from bis(4-methoxyphenyl)diazomethane and [Rh(tpa)4 ]⋅CH2 Cl2 (tpa=triphenylacetate) was characterized by UV, IR, and NMR spectroscopy, HRMS, as well as by X-ray diffraction. The isolated complex exhibits prototypical rhodium carbene reactivity in that it cyclopropanates 4-methoxystyrene at low temperature. Experimental structural information on this important type of reactive intermediate is extremely scarce and thus serves as a reference point for mechanistic discussions of rhodium catalysis in general. Moreover, dirhodium carbenes are shown to undergo remarkably facile carbene transfer on treatment with [LAuNTf2 ] (L=phosphine). This formal transmetalation opens a valuable new entry into gold carbene complexes that cannot easily be made otherwise; three fully characterized representatives illustrate this aspect. PMID:26534892

  16. Copper and Silver Carbene Complexes without Heteroatom-Stabilization: Structure, Spectroscopy, and Relativistic Effects.

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    Hussong, Matthias W; Hoffmeister, Wilhelm T; Rominger, Frank; Straub, Bernd F

    2015-08-24

    Salts of a copper and a silver carbene complex were prepared from dimesityl diazomethane, made possible by the steric shielding of the N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ancillary ligand IPr**. The mint-green complex [IPr**Ag=CMes2 ](+) [NTf2 ](-) is the first isolated silver carbene complex without heteroatom donor substituents. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction provides evidence for a predominant carbenoid character, and supports the postulation of such reactive species as intermediates in silver-catalyzed C-H activation reactions. The greenish yellow copper carbene complex [IPr**Cu=CMes2 ](+) [NTf2 ](-) has spectroscopic properties in between the isostructural silver complex and the already reported emerald green gold carbene complex. A comparison in the Group 11 series indicates that relativistic effects are responsible for the strong σ bond and the significant π back-bonding in the gold carbene moiety. PMID:26189567

  17. Fischer carbene complexes remain favourite targets, and vehicles for new discoveries.

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    Raubenheimer, H G

    2014-12-01

    Exciting new variations in Fischer-type carbene complex composition and reactivity have been realised by following or modifying well-established synthetic approaches such as metal carbonyl functionalization and modification of existing carbene ligands. The formation of targeted complexes for organic synthesis, carbene-containing chelates, and polynuclear carbene complexes, by employing 'click chemistry', warrants discussion. Transmetallation and α,α-dehydrogenation of ethers and amines have come into their own as viable synthetic methods to access carbene complexes with unique properties and activities. Successful mediation of carbene complex formation with pincer ligands has proved its worth. Quantum chemistry has become essential for supporting or initiating mechanistic proposals, but heuristic approaches such as invoking the vinylology principle to describe substituted phenylcarbene complexes are still valuable in the interpretation of bonding properties and the classification of complex types. Electrochemical studies now also constitute a powerful part of the experimental characterization tool kit. PMID:25325879

  18. Computational chemistry insights in the REDOX Behaviour of Cr and W Fischer carbene complexes

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    Landman, Marile; Conradie, Jeanet; van Rooyen, Petrus H.

    2015-09-01

    An electrochemical study of a series of Fischer carbene complexes containing a hetero-aryl group showed that Cr and W carbenes exhibit different electrochemical behaviour. The Cr carbenes are oxidized in two one electron oxidation processes, namely Cr(0) to Cr(I) and Cr(I) to Cr(II). On the contrary, Fischer carbene complexes of tungsten are directly oxidized from W(0) to W(II). The first reduction process observed for both W- and Cr- carbenes, is a one electron process. A density functional theory (DFT) computational chemistry study of the electronic structure of the Cr- and W-carbenes, showed that the oxidation is metal based and the reduction is located on the carbene ligand. The DFT calculations further showed that the Cr(II) species is a triplet and the W(II) species a closed shell singlet. The DFT calculated energies of the HOMO and LUMO of the neutral carbenes relate linearly to the experimental oxidation and reduction potential, respectively. These mathematical relationships obtained can be used to predict experimentally measured potentials of related Fischer carbene complexes.

  19. Access to Air-Stable 1,3-Diphosphacyclobutane-2,4-diyls by an Arylation Reaction with Arynes.

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    Ueta, Yasuhiro; Mikami, Koichi; Ito, Shigekazu

    2016-06-20

    Tuning of the physicochemical properties of the 1,3-diphosphacyclobutane-2,4-diyl unit is attractive in view of materials applications. The use of arynes is shown to be effective for installing relatively electron rich aryl substituents into the open-shell singlet P-heterocyclic system. Treatment of the sterically encumbered 1,3-diphosphacyclobuten-4-yl anion with ortho-silylated aryl triflates in the presence of fluoride under appropriate conditions afforded the corresponding 1-aryl 1,3-diphosphacyclobutane-2,4-diyls. The air-stable open-shell singlet P-heterocycles exhibit considerable electron-donating character, and the aromatic substituent influences the open-shell character, which is thought to be related to the property of p-type semiconductivity. The P-arylated 1,3-diphosphacyclobutane-2,4-diyl systems can be further utilized as detectors of hydrogen fluoride (HF), which causes a remarkable change in their photoabsorption properties. PMID:27135439

  20. Chirality and catalysis with aromatic N-fused heterobicyclic carbenes.

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    Iglesias-Sigüenza, Javier; Izquierdo, Cristina; Díez, Elena; Fernández, Rosario; Lassaletta, José M

    2016-06-21

    The benzoannulation of the most common families of aromatic NHCs, imidazol-2-ylidenes and 1,2,4-triazol-3-ylidenes, results in heterobicyclic imidazo[1,5-a]pyridin-3-ylidenes ('s) and [1,2,4]triazolo[4,3-a]pyridin-3-ylidenes ('s), characterized by a bridged N atom. These are versatile platforms that offer multiple possibilities for the modulation of the steric and electronic properties of the carbene ligand and/or organocatalyst, and offer also diverse opportunities for the introduction of several types of chiralities. In this paper the different families of chiral and carbenes and their application in asymmetric catalysis will be discussed. PMID:27254732

  1. Catalytic and Biocatalytic Iron Porphyrin Carbene Formation: Effects of Binding Mode, Carbene Substituent, Porphyrin Substituent, and Protein Axial Ligand.

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    Khade, Rahul L; Zhang, Yong

    2015-06-24

    Iron porphyrin carbenes (IPCs) are important intermediates in various chemical reactions catalyzed by iron porphyrins and engineered heme proteins, as well as in the metabolism of various xenobiotics by cytochrome P450. However, there are no prior theoretical reports to help understand their formation mechanisms and identify key information governing the binding mode, formation feasibility, and stability/reactivity. A systematic quantum chemical study was performed to investigate the effects of carbene substituent, porphyrin substituent, and axial ligand on IPC formation pathways. Results not only are consistent with available experimental data but also provide a number of unprecedented insights into electronic, steric, and H-bonding effects of various structural factors on IPC formation mechanisms. These results shall facilitate research on IPC and related systems for sustainable chemical catalysis and biocatalysis. PMID:26067900

  2. "Decarbonization" of an imino N-heterocyclic carbene via triple benzyl migration from hafnium

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    An imino N-heterocyclic carbene underwent three sequential benzyl migrations upon reaction with tetrabenzylhafnium, resulting in complete removal of the carbene carbon from the ligand. The resulting eneamido-amidinato hafnium complex showed alkene polymerization activity comparable to that of a prec...

  3. Organometallic rhenium(III) chalcogenide clusters: coordination of N-heterocyclic carbenes.

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    Durham, Jessica L; Wilson, Wade B; Huh, Daniel N; McDonald, Robert; Szczepura, Lisa F

    2015-07-01

    The preparation of rhenium based octahedral clusters containing N-heterocyclic carbenes is described. These represent the first examples of [M6(μ3-Q)8](n+) or [M6(μ3-X)8](n+) clusters to contain a carbene ligand of any type (NHC, Fischer or Schrock). Surprisingly, the NHC ligands attenuate their luminescent properties. PMID:26041404

  4. The Depolymerization of Poly(Ethylene Terephthalate) (PET) Using N-Heterocyclic Carbenes from Ionic Liquids

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    Kamber, Nahrain E.; Tsujii, Yasuhito; Keets, Kate; Waymouth, Robert M.; Pratt, Russell C.; Nyce, Gregory W.; Hedrick, James L.

    2010-01-01

    The depolymerization of the plastic polyethylene terephthalate (PET or PETE) is described in this laboratory procedure. The transesterification reaction used to depolymerize PET employs a highly efficient N-heterocyclic carbene catalyst derived from a commercially available imidazolium ionic liquid. N-heterocyclic carbenes are potent nucleophilic…

  5. First Astronomical Detection of the Carbene Chain H2C6

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    Langer, W. D.; Velusamy, T.; Kuiper, T. B. H.; McCarthy, M. C.; Travers, M. J.; Kovacs, A.; Gottlieb, C. A.; Thaddeus, P.

    1996-01-01

    The cumulene carbenes are important components of hydrocarbon chemistry in low mass star forming cores. Here we report the first astronomical detection of the long chain cumulene carbene H(sub 2)C(sub 6), in the insterstellar cloud TMC1, from observations of two of its rotational transitions:...

  6. The bicyclo[2.2.2]octyl carbene system as a probe for migratory aptitudes of hydrogen to carbenic centers.

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    Creary, X; Butchko, M A

    2001-02-28

    A series of tosylhydrazone derivatives of exo-6-substituted bicylo[2.2.2]octan-2-ones have been prepared. Thermal decomposition of the sodium salts of these tosylhydrazones gives carbene-derived products from 1,3-migration of either the C6 hydrogen (perturbed) or the C7 hydrogen (unperturbed), along with smaller amounts of alkenes derived from 1,2-hydrogen migration. The exo-6-substituent strongly activates 1,3-hydrogen migration in the case of SiMe(3) and weakly activates it in the case of CH(3) substitution. Thiomethoxy and carbomethoxy are weakly deactivating, while cyano and methoxy groups are strongly deactivating. B3LYP/6-31G* calculations on these substituted carbenes and transition states are in qualitative agreement with the ease of 1,3-hydrogen migration of perturbed vs unperturbed hydrogen. These experimental results and computational studies suggest carbene stabilization due to the exo-6-silyl group. They also suggest a reactant-like transition state for 1,3-hydrogen migration in which the inductive effect influences ease of migration. In the case of the exo-6-methoxy group, the inductive effect overwhelms any potential resonance-stabilizing effects. PMID:11456755

  7. Cyclic (Amino)(aryl)carbenes (CAArCs) as Strong σ-Donating and π-Accepting Ligands for Transition Metals.

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    Rao, Bin; Tang, Huarong; Zeng, Xiaoming; Liu, Liu; Melaimi, Mohand; Bertrand, Guy

    2015-12-01

    Cyclic (amino)(aryl)carbenes (CAArCs) result from the replacement of the alkyl substituent of cyclic (alkyl)(amino) carbenes (CAACs) by an aryl group. This structural modification leads to enhanced electrophilicity of the carbene center with retention of the high nucleophilicity of CAACs, and therefore CAArCs feature a small singlet-triplet gap. The isoindolium precursors are readily prepared in good yields, and deprotonation at low temperature, in the presence of [RhCl(cod)]2 and [(Me2S)AuCl] lead to air-stable rhodium and gold CAArC-supported complexes, respectively. The rhodium complexes promote the [3+2] cycloaddition of diphenylcyclopropenone with ethyl phenylpropiolate, and induce the addition of 2-vinylpyridine to alkenes by CH activation. The gold complexes allow for the catalytic three-component preparation of 1,2-dihydroquinolines from aniline and phenyl acetylene. These preliminary results illustrate the potential of CAArC ligands in transition-metal catalysis. PMID:26457345

  8. Simple direct formation of self-assembled N-heterocyclic carbene monolayers on gold and their application in biosensing.

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    Crudden, Cathleen M; Horton, J Hugh; Narouz, Mina R; Li, Zhijun; Smith, Christene A; Munro, Kim; Baddeley, Christopher J; Larrea, Christian R; Drevniok, Benedict; Thanabalasingam, Bheeshmon; McLean, Alastair B; Zenkina, Olena V; Ebralidze, Iraklii I; She, Zhe; Kraatz, Heinz-Bernhard; Mosey, Nicholas J; Saunders, Lisa N; Yagi, Akiko

    2016-01-01

    The formation of organic films on gold employing N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) has been previously shown to be a useful strategy for generating stable organic films. However, NHCs or NHC precursors typically require inert atmosphere and harsh conditions for their generation and use. Herein we describe the use of benzimidazolium hydrogen carbonates as bench stable solid precursors for the preparation of NHC films in solution or by vapour-phase deposition from the solid state. The ability to prepare these films by vapour-phase deposition permitted the analysis of the films by a variety of surface science techniques, resulting in the first measurement of NHC desorption energy (158±10 kJ mol(-1)) and confirmation that the NHC sits upright on the surface. The use of these films in surface plasmon resonance-type biosensing is described, where they provide specific advantages versus traditional thiol-based films. PMID:27585494

  9. Synthesis, characterization, and reactivity of a uranium(VI) carbene imido oxo complex.

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    Lu, Erli; Cooper, Oliver J; McMaster, Jonathan; Tuna, Floriana; McInnes, Eric J L; Lewis, William; Blake, Alexander J; Liddle, Stephen T

    2014-06-23

    We report the uranium(VI) carbene imido oxo complex [U(BIPM(TMS))(NMes)(O)(DMAP)2] (5, BIPM(TMS) = C(PPh2 NSiMe3)2; Mes = 2,4,6-Me3C6H2; DMAP = 4-(dimethylamino)pyridine) which exhibits the unprecedented arrangement of three formal multiply bonded ligands to one metal center where the coordinated heteroatoms derive from different element groups. This complex was prepared by incorporation of carbene, imido, and then oxo groups at the uranium center by salt elimination, protonolysis, and two-electron oxidation, respectively. The oxo and imido groups adopt axial positions in a T-shaped motif with respect to the carbene, which is consistent with an inverse trans-influence. Complex 5 reacts with tert-butylisocyanate at the imido rather than carbene group to afford the uranyl(VI) carbene complex [U(BIPM(TMS))(O)2(DMAP)2] (6). PMID:24842784

  10. Fe N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complexes as Promising Photosensitizers.

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    Liu, Yizhu; Persson, Petter; Sundström, Villy; Wärnmark, Kenneth

    2016-08-16

    The photophysics and photochemistry of transition metal complexes (TMCs) has long been a hot field of interdisciplinary research. Rich metal-based redox processes, together with a high variety in electronic configurations and excited-state dynamics, have rendered TMCs excellent candidates for interconversion between light, chemical, and electrical energies in intramolecular, supramolecular, and interfacial arrangements. In specific applications such as photocatalytic organic synthesis, photoelectrochemical cells, and light-driven supramolecular motors, light absorption by a TMC-based photosensitizer and subsequent excited-state energy or electron transfer constitute essential steps. In this context, TMCs based on rare and expensive metals, such as ruthenium and iridium, are frequently employed as photosensitizers, which is obviously not ideal for large-scale implementation. In the search for abundant and environmentally benign solutions, six-coordinate Fe(II) complexes (Fe(II)L6) have been widely considered as highly desirable alternatives. However, not much success has been achieved due to the extremely short-lived triplet metal-to-ligand charge transfer ((3)MLCT) excited state that is deactivated by low-lying metal-centered (MC) states on a 100 fs time scale. A fundamental strategy to design useful Fe-based photosensitizers is thus to destabilize the MC states relative to the (3)MLCT state by increasing the ligand field strength, with special focus on making eg σ* orbitals on the Fe center energetically less accessible. Previous efforts to directly transplant successful strategies from Ru(II)L6 complexes unfortunately met with limited success in this regard, despite their close chemical kinship. In this Account, we summarize recent promising results from our and other groups in utilizing strongly σ-donating N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligands to make strong-field Fe(II)L6 complexes with significantly extended (3)MLCT lifetimes. Already some of the first

  11. Reactions of Persistent Carbenes with Hydrogen-Terminated Silicon Surfaces.

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    Zhukhovitskiy, Aleksandr V; Mavros, Michael G; Queeney, K T; Wu, Tony; Voorhis, Troy Van; Johnson, Jeremiah A

    2016-07-13

    Surface passivation has enabled the development of silicon-based solar cells and microelectronics. However, a number of emerging applications require a paradigm shift from passivation to functionalization, wherein surface functionality is installed proximal to the silicon surface. To address this need, we report here the use of persistent aminocarbenes to functionalize hydrogen-terminated silicon surfaces via Si-H insertion reactions. Through the use of model compounds (H-Si(TMS)3 and H-Si(OTMS)3), nanoparticles (H-SiNPs), and planar Si(111) wafers (H-Si(111)), we demonstrate that among different classes of persistent carbenes, the more electrophilic and nucleophilic ones, in particular, a cyclic (alkyl)(amino)carbene (CAAC) and an acyclic diaminocarbene (ADAC), are able to undergo insertion into Si-H bonds at the silicon surface, forming persistent C-Si linkages and simultaneously installing amine or aminal functionality in proximity to the surface. The CAAC (6) is particularly notable for its clean insertion reactivity under mild conditions that produces monolayers with 21 ± 3% coverage of Si(111) atop sites, commensurate with the expected maximum of ∼20%. Atomic force and transmission electron microscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance, X-ray photoelectron, and infrared spectroscopy, and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry provided evidence for the surface Si-H insertion process. Furthermore, computational studies shed light on the reaction energetics and indicated that CAAC 6 should be particularly effective at binding to silicon dihydride, trihydride, and coupled monohyride motifs, as well as oxidized surface sites. Our results pave the way for the further development of persistent carbenes as universal ligands for silicon and potentially other nonmetallic substrates. PMID:27366818

  12. First Crystal Structure for a Gold Carbene-Protein Adduct.

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    Ferraro, Giarita; Gabbiani, Chiara; Merlino, Antonello

    2016-07-20

    The X-ray structure of the adduct formed in the reaction between the gold N-heterocyclic carbene compound Au(NHC)Cl (with NHC = 1-butyl-3-methyl-imidazole-2-ylidene) and the model protein thaumatin is reported here. The structure reveals binding of Au(NHC)(+) fragments to distinct protein sites. Notably, binding of the gold compound occurs at lysine side chains and at the N-terminal tail; the metal binds the protein after releasing Cl(-) ligand, but retaining NHC fragment. PMID:27364343

  13. Methanol dehydrogenation by iridium N-heterocyclic carbene complexes.

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    Campos, Jesús; Sharninghausen, Liam S; Manas, Michael G; Crabtree, Robert H

    2015-06-01

    A series of homogeneous iridium bis(N-heterocyclic carbene) catalysts are active for three transformations involving dehydrogenative methanol activation: acceptorless dehydrogenation, transfer hydrogenation, and amine monoalkylation. The acceptorless dehydrogenation reaction requires base, yielding formate and carbonate, as well as 2-3 equivalents of H2. Of the few homogeneous systems known for this reaction, our catalysts tolerate air and employ simple ligands. Transfer hydrogenation of ketones and imines from methanol is also possible. Finally, N-monomethylation of anilines occurs through a "borrowing hydrogen" reaction. Notably, this reaction is highly selective for the monomethylated product. PMID:25615426

  14. Tailor-made N-heterocyclic carbenes for nanoparticle stabilization.

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    Richter, Christian; Schaepe, Kira; Glorius, Frank; Ravoo, Bart Jan

    2014-03-25

    N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) represent a leading class of ligands in organometallic chemistry, but have been rarely exploited as stabilizers for metal nanoparticles (NPs). We report the first example of NHC stabilized Pd-NPs that demonstrate long term stability. These NHC Pd-NPs were synthesized by a facile ligand exchange protocol using rationally designed long chained NHCs (LC-NHCs). Furthermore, we demonstrate that the surface modification of Pd-NPs results in significant chemoselectivity in a model reaction. PMID:24522886

  15. N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complexes in Oxidation Reactions

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    Jurčík, Václav; Cazin, Catherine S. J.

    This chapter describes applications of N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) in oxidation chemistry. The strong σ-donation capabilities of the NHCs allow an efficient stabilisation of metal centres in high oxidation states, while high metal-NHC bond dissociation energies suppress their oxidative decomposition. These properties make NHCs ideal ligands for oxidation processes. The first part of this chapter is dedicated to the reactivity of NHC-metal complexes towards molecular oxygen whilst the second half highlights all oxidation reactions catalysed by such complexes. These include oxidation of alcohols and olefins, oxidative cyclisations, hydrations of alkynes and nitriles, oxidative cleavage of alkenes and the oxidation of methane.

  16. Isolation of a non-heteroatom-stabilized gold-carbene complex.

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    Hussong, Matthias W; Rominger, Frank; Krämer, Petra; Straub, Bernd F

    2014-08-25

    Gold-carbene complexes are essential intermediates in many gold-catalyzed organic-synthetic transformations. While gold-carbene complexes with direct, vinylogous, or phenylogous heteroatom substitution have been synthesized and characterized, the observation in the condensed phase of electronically non-stabilized gold-carbenes has so far remained elusive. The sterically extremely shielded, emerald-green complex [IPr**Au=CMes2](+)[NTf2](-) has now been synthesized, isolated, and fully characterized. Its absorption maximum at 642 nm, in contrast to 528 nm of the red-purple carbocation [Mes2CH](+), clearly demonstrates that gold is more than just a "soft proton". PMID:24953223

  17. Characterizing a nonclassical carbene with coupled cluster methods: cyclobutylidene.

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    Wang, Xiao; Agarwal, Jay; Schaefer Iii, Henry F

    2016-09-21

    Carbenes represent a special class of reactive compounds that possess a lone pair of electrons on a carbon atom. Among the myriad examples of carbenes in the literature, cyclobutylidene stands out as a unique nonclassical compound that includes transannular interaction between opposing C1 and C3 carbon atoms within a four-membered ring. On its lowest potential energy surface (X[combining tilde](1)A'), cyclobutylidene quickly rearranges, following three reaction paths: (i) 1,2-H migration; (ii) 1,2-C migration; and, (iii) 1,3-H migration. Herein, this reactivity is examined with high-level coupled-cluster methods [up to CCSDT(Q)]. At this level of theory, combined with extrapolation techniques to obtain energies at the complete basis set (CBS) limit, the long-standing disparity between theoretical and experimental results is resolved. Specifically, cyclobutylidene is predicted to prefer 1,2-C migration rather than 1,2-H migration. Rate constants for the three reaction paths are obtained from canonical variational transition state theory (CVT) and yield reasonable agreement with existing experimental results. Further characterization of cyclobutylidene is also reported: the singlet-triplet gap (ΔES-T) is found to be -9.3 kcal mol(-1) at the CCSDT(Q)/CBS level of theory, and anharmonic vibrational frequencies are determined with second-order vibrational perturbation theory (VPT2). PMID:27539444

  18. CAAC Boranes. Synthesis and characterization of cyclic (alkyl) (amino) carbene borane complexes from BF3 and BH3

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    Monot, Julien; Geib, Steven J

    2010-01-01

    Summary In situ formation of two cyclic (alkyl) (amino) carbenes (CAACs) followed by addition of BF3•Et2O provided the first two examples of CAAC–BF3 complexes: 1-(2,6-diisopropylphenyl)-3,5,5-trimethyl-3-phenylpyrrolidin-2-ylidene trifluoroborane, and 2-(2,6-diisopropylphenyl)-3,3-dimethyl-2-azaspiro[4.5]decan-1-ylidene trifluoroborane. These CAAC–BF3 complexes are robust compounds that are stable to ambient laboratory conditions and silica gel chromatography. They were characterized by spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography. In contrast, a CAAC complex with borane (BH3) was readily formed in situ according to 1H and 11B NMR analysis, but did not survive the workup conditions. These results set the stage for further studies of the chemistry of CAAC boranes. PMID:20978616

  19. Copper-Carbene Intermediates in the Copper-Catalyzed Functionalization of O-H Bonds.

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    Pereira, Ana; Champouret, Yohan; Martín, Carmen; Álvarez, Eleuterio; Etienne, Michel; Belderraín, Tomás R; Pérez, Pedro J

    2015-06-26

    Copper-carbene [Tp(x)Cu=C(Ph)(CO2Et)] and copper-diazo adducts [Tp(x)Cu{η(1)-N2C(Ph)(CO2Et)}] have been detected and characterized in the context of the catalytic functionalization of O-H bonds through carbene insertion by using N2=C(Ph)(CO2Et) as the carbene source. These are the first examples of these type of complexes in which the copper center bears a tridentate ligand and displays a tetrahedral geometry. The relevance of these complexes in the catalytic cycle has been assessed by NMR spectroscopy, and kinetic studies have demonstrated that the N-bound diazo adduct is a dormant species and is not en route to the formation of the copper-carbene intermediate. PMID:26014686

  20. Improving Grubbs' II type ruthenium catalysts by appropriately modifying the N-heterocyclic carbene ligand.

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    Vieille-Petit, Ludovic; Luan, Xinjun; Gatti, Michele; Blumentritt, Sascha; Linden, Anthony; Clavier, Hervé; Nolan, Steven P; Dorta, Reto

    2009-07-01

    The introduction of N-heterocyclic carbene ligands that incorporate correctly substituted naphthyl side chains leads to increased activity and stability in second generation ruthenium metathesis catalysts. PMID:19557281

  1. Gold-Catalyzed Reactions via Cyclopropyl Gold Carbene-like Intermediates

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    2015-01-01

    Cycloisomerizations of 1,n-enynes catalyzed by gold(I) proceed via electrophilic species with a highly distorted cyclopropyl gold(I) carbene-like structure, which can react with different nucleophiles to form a wide variety of products by attack at the cyclopropane or the carbene carbons. Particularly important are reactions in which the gold(I) carbene reacts with alkenes to form cyclopropanes either intra- or intermolecularly. In the absence of nucleophiles, 1,n-enynes lead to a variety of cycloisomerized products including those resulting from skeletal rearrangements. Reactions proceeding through cyclopropyl gold(I) carbene-like intermediates are ideally suited for the bioinspired synthesis of terpenoid natural products by the selective activation of the alkyne in highly functionalized enynes or polyenynes. PMID:26061916

  2. Protein Footprinting by Carbenes on a Fast Photochemical Oxidation of Proteins (FPOP) Platform

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    Zhang, Bojie; Rempel, Don L.; Gross, Michael L.

    2016-03-01

    Protein footprinting combined with mass spectrometry provides a method to study protein structures and interactions. To improve further current protein footprinting methods, we adapted the fast photochemical oxidation of proteins (FPOP) platform to utilize carbenes as the footprinting reagent. A Nd-YAG laser provides 355 nm laser for carbene generation in situ from photoleucine as the carbene precursor in a flow system with calmodulin as the test protein. Reversed-phase liquid chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry is appropriate to analyze the modifications produced in this footprinting. By comparing the modification extent of apo and holo calmodulin on the peptide level, we can resolve different structural domains of the protein. Carbene footprinting in a flow system is promising.

  3. Synthesis and structure of novel triphenylarsine-substituted tungsten(0) Fischer carbene complexes

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    Jansen van Rensburg, Armand; Landman, Marilé; van Rooyen, Petrus H.; Conradie, Marrigje M.; Conradie, Jeanet

    2016-02-01

    X-ray crystal structure determination, as well as IR and NMR spectroscopy of four novel triphenylarsine-substituted tetracarbonyl tungsten(0) Fischer carbene complexes of general formula [(CO)4(AsPh3)WC(OEt)(Ar)], with Ar = 2-thienyl (1), 2-furyl (2), 2-(N-methyl)pyrrolyl (3), 2,2‧-bithienyl (4), revealed a cis-configuration for the substituted AsPh3 group relative to the carbene ligand for all four novel complexes. All X-ray structures showed that the W-C bond trans AsPh3 < W-C bond trans carbene < W-C bond trans CO. DFT calculations on all possible conformations of each complex due to the different possible positions of the ligands and carbene substituents to each other, correlated with the experimental results.

  4. The synthesis of pyrroles and oxazoles based on gold α-imino carbene complexes.

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    Loy, Nicole S Y; Choi, Subin; Kim, Sunggak; Park, Cheol-Min

    2016-05-31

    Cationic gold complexes of α-oximimino carbenes have been identified to react with weak nucleophiles including enol ethers and nitriles. These findings allowed us to develop the highly efficient synthesis of pyrroles and oxazoles. PMID:27152984

  5. Activation of 7-Silanorbornadienes by N-Heterocyclic Carbenes: A Selective Way to N-Heterocyclic-Carbene-Stabilized Silylenes.

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    Lutters, Dennis; Severin, Claudia; Schmidtmann, Marc; Müller, Thomas

    2016-05-11

    The synthesis of hydridosilylenes Ter(H)Si: 3a (Ter: 2,6-bis(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)phenyl) and Ter*(H)Si: 3b (Ter*: 2,6-bis(2,4,6-triiso-propylphenyl)phenyl) stabilized by the N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ImMe4 is reported. The synthesis of stabilized hydridosilylenes 3 was accomplished by a previously unknown NHC-induced fragmentation of silanorbornadiene derivatives. Structural studies of the stabilized silylenes 3 and of its Fe(CO)4 complex 12 accompanied by a theoretical analysis of their bonding situation indicate that stabilized silylenes such as 3 can be regarded as neutral silyl anion equivalents. A computational investigation of the reaction course indicate a virtual one-step reaction between the NHC and the silanorbornadiene. A theoretical assessment of the scope and limitations of this reaction suggests that it is general and can be used also for the synthesis of other carbene analogues such as germylenes and phosphinidenes. PMID:27120697

  6. Metal and carbene organocatalytic relay activation of alkynes for stereoselective reactions.

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    Namitharan, Kayambu; Zhu, Tingshun; Cheng, Jiajia; Zheng, Pengcheng; Li, Xiangyang; Yang, Song; Song, Bao-An; Chi, Yonggui Robin

    2014-01-01

    Transition metal and organic catalysts have established their own domains of excellence. It has been expected that merging the two unique domains should provide complimentary or unprecedented opportunities in converting simple raw materials to functional products. N-heterocyclic carbenes alone are excellent organocatalysts. When used with transition metals such as copper, N-heterocyclic carbenes are routinely practiced as strong-coordinating ligands. Combination of an N-heterocyclic carbene and copper therefore typically leads to deactivation of either or both of the two catalysts. Here we disclose the direct merge of copper as a metal catalyst and N-heterocyclic carbenes as an organocatalyst for relay activation of alkynes. The reaction involves copper-catalysed activation of alkynes to generate ketenimine intermediates that are subsequently activated by an N-heterocyclic carbene organocatalyst for stereoselective reactions. Each of the two catalysts (copper metal catalyst and N-heterocyclic carbene organocatalyst) accomplishes its own missions in the activation steps without quenching each other. PMID:24865392

  7. Gold carbenes, gold-stabilized carbocations, and cationic intermediates relevant to gold-catalysed enyne cycloaddition.

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    Harris, R J; Widenhoefer, R A

    2016-08-21

    Cationic gold complexes in which gold is bound to a formally divalent carbon atom, typically formulated as gold carbenes or α-metallocarbenium ions, have been widely invoked in a range of gold-catalyzed transformations, most notably in the gold-catalyzed cycloisomerization of 1,n-enynes. Although the existence of gold carbene complexes as intermediates in gold-catalyzed transformations is supported by a wealth of indirect experimental data and by computation, until recently no examples of cationic gold carbenes/α-metallocarbenium ions had been synthesized nor had any cationic intermediates generated via gold-catalyzed enyne cycloaddition been directly observed. Largely for this reason, there has been considerable debate regarding the electronic structure of these cationic complexes, in particular the relative contributions of the carbene (LAu(+)[double bond, length as m-dash]CR2) and α-metallocarbenium (LAu-CR2(+)) forms, which is intimately related to the extent of d → p backbonding from gold to the C1 carbon atom. However, over the past ∼ seven years, a number of cationic gold carbene complexes have been synthesized in solution and generated in the gas phase and cationic intermediates have been directly observed in the gold-catalyzed cycloaddition of enynes. Together, these advances provide insight into the nature and electronic structure of gold carbene/α-metallocarbenium complexes and the cationic intermediates generated via gold-catalyzed enyne cycloaddition. Herein we review recent advances in this area. PMID:27146712

  8. Synthesis and solvent dependent reactivity of chelating bis-N-heterocyclic carbene complexes of Fe(II) hydrides.

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    Zlatogorsky, Sergey; Ingleson, Michael J

    2012-03-01

    The synthesis and isolation of low coordinate methylenebis-(N-DIPP-imidazole-2-ylidene)iron((II))hydrides, (((DIPP)C)(2)CH(2))FeH(2-y)I(y) ((DIPP = 2,6-di-isopropylphenyl, y = 1 or 0), was complicated by competitive reactions with solvent, rapid reductive elimination of H(2) and/or dissociation of the bis-N-heterocyclic carbene ligand. Addition of KH to (((DIPP)C)(2)CH(2))FeI(2) in THF/haloalkane mixtures enabled a short lived mono-hydride to be trapped by reaction with CH(2)Cl(2) or cyclo-heptylbromide to form (((DIPP)C)(2)CH(2))FeI(X) (X = Cl or Br, respectively). Toluene coordination stabilises iron-mono hydride complexes as (((DIPP)C)(2)CH(2))Fe(II)H{η(6)-(toluene)} species, which can be isolated in low yield from combination of borohydride salts and (((DIPP)C)(2)CH(2))FeI(2) in toluene, including an imidazole C4 deprotonated carbene-borane, methylene(N-DIPP-imidazole-2-ylidene)(N-DIPP-4-triethyl-borane-imidazole-2-ylidene)](hydrido)(η(6)-toluene)iron. In the absence of toluene, or at short reaction times compounds with empirical formula (((DIPP)C)(2)CH(2))Fe(H)(HB(R)(3))·LiI (R = Et or sec-Bu) that function as a masked Fe((II))-dihydride are isolated. Whilst (((DIPP)C)(2)CH(2))Fe(H)(HB(R)(3))·LiI was stable for days in Et(2)O, more polar solvents (MeCN, THF) led to formation of the carbene borane adducts (((DIPP)C)(2)CH(2))(BR(3))(2). The addition of CO or cyclo-heptylbromide to (((DIPP)C)(2)CH(2))Fe(H)(HB(R)(3))·LiI formed (((DIPP)C)(2)CH(2))Fe(CO)(3) and (((DIPP)C)(2)CH(2))FeBr(2), respectively with BR(3) evolved from both reactions as a by-product. PMID:22234675

  9. Solvent polarity effects on carbene/ether-O-ylide equilibria.

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    Hoijemberg, Pablo A; Moss, Robert A; Krogh-Jespersen, Karsten

    2012-05-17

    p-Nitrophenylchlorocarbene (PNPCC) reacted reversibly with tetrahydrofuran (THF), tetrahydropyran (THP), 1,3-dioxane (1,3-D), and 1,4-dioxane (1,4-D) to form O-ylides 8, 9, 10, and 11, respectively. The O-ylides were visualized by their characteristic UV-vis spectroscopic signatures. Equilibrium constants (K) were determined spectroscopically, and studies of K as a function of pentane/1,2-dichloroethane (DCE) solvent blends illustrated the dependence of K on solvent polarity. Electronic structure calculations based on density functional theory provided carbene/ether O-ylide structures and energetics, as well as electronic spectroscopic parameters for use in the determination of K. Comparisons of the computed and experimental data were generally satisfactory. PMID:22564048

  10. How Stable Is Stable?

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    Baehr, Marie

    1994-01-01

    Provides a problem where students are asked to find the point at which a soda can floating in some liquid changes its equilibrium between stable and unstable as the soda is removed from the can. Requires use of Newton's first law, center of mass, Archimedes' principle, stable and unstable equilibrium, and buoyant force position. (MVL)

  11. Computation Sheds Insight into Iron Porphyrin Carbenes' Electronic Structure, Formation, and N-H Insertion Reactivity.

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    Sharon, Dina A; Mallick, Dibyendu; Wang, Binju; Shaik, Sason

    2016-08-01

    Iron porphyrin carbenes constitute a new frontier of species with considerable synthetic potential. Exquisitely engineered myoglobin and cytochrome P450 enzymes can generate these complexes and facilitate the transformations they mediate. The current work harnesses density functional theoretical methods to provide insight into the electronic structure, formation, and N-H insertion reactivity of an iron porphyrin carbene, [Fe(Por)(SCH3)(CHCO2Et)](-), a model of a complex believed to exist in an experimentally studied artificial metalloenzyme. The ground state electronic structure of the terminal form of this complex is an open-shell singlet, with two antiferromagnetically coupled electrons residing on the iron center and carbene ligand. As we shall reveal, the bonding properties of [Fe(Por)(SCH3)(CHCO2Et)](-) are remarkably analogous to those of ferric heme superoxide complexes. The carbene forms by dinitrogen loss from ethyl diazoacetate. This reaction occurs preferentially through an open-shell singlet transition state: iron donates electron density to weaken the C-N bond undergoing cleavage. Once formed, the iron porphyrin carbene accomplishes N-H insertion via nucleophilic attack. The resulting ylide then rearranges, using an internal carbonyl base, to form an enol that leads to the product. The findings rationalize experimentally observed reactivity trends reported in artificial metalloenzymes employing iron porphyrin carbenes. Furthermore, these results suggest a possible expansion of enzymatic substrate scope, to include aliphatic amines. Thus, this work, among the first several computational explorations of these species, contributes insights and predictions to the surging interest in iron porphyrin carbenes and their synthetic potential. PMID:27347808

  12. Silver-Catalyzed Allylation of Ketones and Intramolecular Cyclization through Carbene Intermediates from Cyclopropenes Under Ambient Conditions.

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    Nakano, Takeo; Endo, Kohei; Ukaji, Yutaka

    2016-03-01

    Tandem C-C bond formation was achieved through silver-catalyzed ring-opening of cyclopropenes via carbene intermediates. The reaction of cyclopropenes in the presence of a silver catalyst gave indene derivatives under ambient conditions. In contrast, the insertion of organozinc reagents to silver carbene or allylic cation intermediates afforded allylmetal intermediates for the tandem allylation of carbonyl compounds. PMID:26611195

  13. N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligands for Au Nanocrystal Stabilization and Three-Dimensional Self-Assembly

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    2016-01-01

    N-Heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) have emerged as a new class of ligands for materials chemistry that appears particularly relevant for the stabilization and functionalization of metal nanoparticles (NPs). The particular properties and high synthetic flexibility of NHCs make them highly attractive tools for the development of new (nano)materials and the fundamental study of their properties. The relationships between the NHC structure and NP structure/properties, including physical, biological, and self-assembly properties, remain largely unknown. In the past decade, many efforts have been made to gain more fundamental understanding in this area. In this feature article, we present our contribution in this field focusing on the formation of NHC-coated Au nanocrystals (NCs), their stability, and their ability to self-assemble into 3D crystalline structures called supracrystals. First, the formation of NHC-stabilized Au NCs is discussed by comparing different NHC structures, NHC-based Au precursors, and synthesis methods. This study shows the major role of the NHC structure in obtaining both stable NHC-coated Au NCs and narrow size distributions. In a second part, a comparative study of the oxygen resistance of NHC- and thiol-coated NCs is presented, demonstrating the enhanced stability of NHC-coated Au NCs to oxygen-based treatments. Finally, the self-assembly of NHC-coated Au NCs into 3D Au superlattices is presented. The formation of large organized domains of several micrometers is described from the design of NHCs tailored with long alkyl chains. In these different contexts, efforts have been made to gain a more in-depth understanding of the behavior of NHC ligands at the surface of NCs. These results show that the NHC-based approach to nanomaterials has many assets for opening a new research area in the supracrystal world. PMID:27412075

  14. N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligands for Au Nanocrystal Stabilization and Three-Dimensional Self-Assembly.

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    Roland, Sylvain; Ling, Xiang; Pileni, Marie-Paule

    2016-08-01

    N-Heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) have emerged as a new class of ligands for materials chemistry that appears particularly relevant for the stabilization and functionalization of metal nanoparticles (NPs). The particular properties and high synthetic flexibility of NHCs make them highly attractive tools for the development of new (nano)materials and the fundamental study of their properties. The relationships between the NHC structure and NP structure/properties, including physical, biological, and self-assembly properties, remain largely unknown. In the past decade, many efforts have been made to gain more fundamental understanding in this area. In this feature article, we present our contribution in this field focusing on the formation of NHC-coated Au nanocrystals (NCs), their stability, and their ability to self-assemble into 3D crystalline structures called supracrystals. First, the formation of NHC-stabilized Au NCs is discussed by comparing different NHC structures, NHC-based Au precursors, and synthesis methods. This study shows the major role of the NHC structure in obtaining both stable NHC-coated Au NCs and narrow size distributions. In a second part, a comparative study of the oxygen resistance of NHC- and thiol-coated NCs is presented, demonstrating the enhanced stability of NHC-coated Au NCs to oxygen-based treatments. Finally, the self-assembly of NHC-coated Au NCs into 3D Au superlattices is presented. The formation of large organized domains of several micrometers is described from the design of NHCs tailored with long alkyl chains. In these different contexts, efforts have been made to gain a more in-depth understanding of the behavior of NHC ligands at the surface of NCs. These results show that the NHC-based approach to nanomaterials has many assets for opening a new research area in the supracrystal world. PMID:27412075

  15. Synthesis and characterisation of an N-heterocyclic carbene with spatially-defined steric impact.

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    Shaw, Paul; Kennedy, Alan R; Nelson, David J

    2016-08-01

    The synthesis and co-ordination chemistry of a new 'bulky yet flexible' N-heterocyclic carbene ("IPaul") is reported. This carbene has spatially-defined steric impact; steric maps show that two quadrants are very bulky while the other two are quite open. The electronic properties of this carbene are very similar to those of other 1,3-diarylimidazol-2-ylidenes. Copper, silver, iridium, and nickel complexes of the new ligand have been prepared. In solution, the ligand adopts two different conformations, while X-ray crystallographic analyses of the transition metal complexes suggest that the syn-conformer is preferred in the solid state due to intermolecular interactions. The copper(i) chloride complex of this new ligand has been shown to be highly-active in the hydrosilylation of carbonyl compounds, when compared to the analogous IPr, IMes, IPr* and IPr*(OMe) complexes. PMID:27335266

  16. A Continuum of Progress: Applications of N-Hetereocyclic Carbene Catalysis in Total Synthesis

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    Izquierdo, Javier; Hutson, Gerri E.; Cohen, Daniel T.; Scheidt, Karl A.

    2013-01-01

    N-Heterocyclic carbene (NHC) catalyzed transformations have emerged as powerful tactics for the construction of complex molecules. Since Stetter’s report in 1975 of the total synthesis of cis-jasmon and dihydrojasmon by using carbene catalysis, the use of NHCs in total synthesis has grown rapidly, particularly over the last decade. This renaissance is undoubtedly due to the recent developments in NHC-catalyzed reactions, including new benzoin, Stetter, homoenolate, and aroylation processes. These transformations employ typical as well as Umpolung types of bond disconnections and have served as the key step in several new total syntheses. This Minireview highlights these reports and captures the excitement and emerging synthetic utility of carbene catalysis in total synthesis. PMID:23074146

  17. Co(III)-Carbene Radical Approach to Substituted 1H-Indenes.

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    Das, Braja Gopal; Chirila, Andrei; Tromp, Moniek; Reek, Joost N H; Bruin, Bas de

    2016-07-20

    A new strategy for the catalytic synthesis of substituted 1H-indenes via metalloradical activation of o-cinnamyl N-tosyl hydrazones is presented, taking advantage of the intrinsic reactivity of a Co(III) carbene radical intermediate. The reaction uses readily available starting materials and is operationally simple, thus representing a practical method for the construction of functionalized 1H-indene derivatives. The cheap and easy to prepare low spin cobalt(II) complex [Co(II)(MeTAA)] (MeTAA = tetramethyltetraaza[14]annulene) proved to be the most active catalyst among those investigated, which demonstrates catalytic carbene radical reactivity for a nonporphyrin cobalt(II) complex, and for the first time catalytic activity of [Co(II)(MeTAA)] in general. The methodology has been successfully applied to a broad range of substrates, producing 1H-indenes in good to excellent yields. The metallo-radical catalyzed indene synthesis in this paper represents a unique example of a net (formal) intramolecular carbene insertion reaction into a vinylic C(sp(2))-H bond, made possible by a controlled radical ring-closure process of the carbene radical intermediate involved. The mechanism was investigated computationally, and the results were confirmed by a series of supporting experimental reactions. Density functional theory calculations reveal a stepwise process involving activation of the diazo compound leading to formation of a Co(III)-carbene radical, followed by radical ring-closure to produce an indanyl/benzyl radical intermediate. Subsequent indene product elimination involving a 1,2-hydrogen transfer step regenerates the catalyst. Trapping experiments using 2,2,6,6-tetra-methylpiperidine-1-oxyl (TEMPO) radical or dibenzoylperoxide (DBPO) confirm the involvement of cobalt(III) carbene radical intermediates. Electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopic spin-trapping experiments using phenyl N-tert-butylnitrone (PBN) reveal the radical nature of the reaction. PMID

  18. Ruthenium olefin metathesis catalysts featuring unsymmetrical N-heterocyclic carbenes.

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    Paradiso, Veronica; Bertolasi, Valerio; Costabile, Chiara; Grisi, Fabia

    2016-01-14

    New ruthenium Grubbs' and Hoveyda-Grubbs' second generation catalysts bearing N-alkyl/N-isopropylphenyl N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligands with syn or anti backbone configuration were obtained and compared in model olefin metathesis reactions. Different catalytic efficiencies were observed depending on the size of the N-alkyl group (methyl or cyclohexyl) and on the backbone configuration. The presence of an N-cyclohexyl substituent determined the most significant reactivity differences between catalysts with syn or anti phenyl groups on the backbone. In particular, anti catalysts proved highly efficient, especially in the ring-closing metathesis (RCM) of encumbered diolefins, while syn catalysts showed low efficiency in the RCM of less hindered diolefins. This peculiar behavior, rationalized through DFT studies, was found to be related to the high propensity of these catalysts to give nonproductive metathesis events. Enantiopure anti catalysts were also tested in asymmetric metathesis reactions, where moderate enantioselectivities were observed. The steric and electronic properties of unsymmetrical NHCs with the N-cyclohexyl group were then evaluated using the corresponding rhodium complexes. While steric factors proved unimportant for both syn and anti NHCs, a major electron-donating character was found for the unsymmetrical NHC with anti phenyl substituents on the backbone. PMID:26608162

  19. {alpha},{beta}-Unsaturated Fischer carbene complexes as chemical multitalents

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    Meijere, A. de

    1995-12-31

    The well established reaction of {alpha},{beta}-unsaturated Fischer carbenechromium complexes 6(R{sup 1} = H) with alkynes normally proceeds with carbonyl insertion to yield 4-alkoxyphenols 9. Led by the incidental formation of a cyclopentadiene 3 from certain {beta}-aminosubstituted complexes 6(X = NR{sub 2}{sup 3}, R{sup 1} = cPr) the authors have studied the influences of the nature of substituents (R{sup 1}, X on 6; R{sub L}, R{sub S} in the alkyne; R{sup 3} in the amino group), solvents, and temperature on the outcome of the reaction. Imino substitution on complexes 6 leads to 2H-pyrroles 1, a free primary amino group (X = NH{sub 2}) to pyridines 5, and bulky substituents R{sup 1} to cyclopenta[b]pyrans 8 with double insertion of an alkyne. Eventually, appropriate conditions have been developed which permit to selectively prepare either 3-alkoxy-5-(dialkylamino)cyclopentadienes 3 (as synthetic equivalents of cyclopentenones 4), 5-(dialkylaminomethylene)cyclopent-2-enones 7, 3-alkoxy-2-(1{prime}-morpholino-1{prime}-alkenyl)cyclopent-2-enones 10, and 2-acyl-3-(dialkylamino)cyclopent-2-enones 11 from easily accessible carbene complexes 6 (X = NR{sub 2}{sup 3}) in high yields. Mechanistic aspects and implications of these novel transformations will be discussed.

  20. Two-coordinate Fe⁰ and Co⁰ complexes supported by cyclic (alkyl)(amino)carbenes.

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    Ung, Gaël; Rittle, Jonathan; Soleilhavoup, Michele; Bertrand, Guy; Peters, Jonas C

    2014-08-01

    The CAAC [CAAC=cyclic (alkyl)(amino)carbene] family of carbene ligands have shown promise in stabilizing unusually low-coordination number transition-metal complexes in low formal oxidation states. Here we extend this narrative by demonstrating their utility in affording access to the first examples of two-coordinate formal Fe(0) and Co(0) [(CAAC)2M] complexes, prepared by reduction of their corresponding two-coordinate cationic Fe(I) and Co(I) precursors. The stability of these species arises from the strong σ-donating and π-accepting properties of the supporting CAAC ligands, in addition to steric protection. PMID:24953342

  1. Gold(I) Carbenes by Retro-Buchner Reaction: Generation and Fate

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    2013-01-01

    The fate of the aryl gold(I) carbenes generated by retro-Buchner reaction of ortho-substituted 7-aryl-1,3,5-cycloheptatrienes is dependent on the constitution of the ortho substituent. Indenes and fluorenes are obtained by intramolecular reaction of highly electrophilic gold(I) carbenes with alkenes and arenes. According to density functional theory calculations, the gold-catalyzed retro-Buchner process occurs stepwise, although the two carbon–carbon cleavages occur on a rather flat potential energy surface. PMID:24358986

  2. Energy barrier by cyclopropylchlorocarbene rearrangement measured by direct observation of the carbene in laser flash spectroscopy

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    Liu, M.T.H.; Bonneau, R. )

    1989-10-19

    A transient absorption in the 250-265-nm range is assigned to cyclopropylchlorocarbene generated from the laser flash photolysis of 3-chloro-3-cyclopropyldiazirine. Confidence in this assignment was obtained from the following: (a) the decay of this absorption matches the growth of the pyridinium ylide: (b) the values for the rate constant for reaction of the carbene with 1-hexane obtained by monitoring the carbene at 250 nm and the ylide at 370 nm are similar. The kinetic parameters for the rearrangement of cyclopropylchlorocarbene to 1-chlorocyclobutene are log A = 11.1 and E{sub a} = 7.4 kcal/mol.

  3. Stereoselective 1,3-Insertions of Rhodium(II) Azavinyl Carbenes

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    Chuprakov, Stepan; Worrell, Brady T.; Selander, Nicklas; Sit, Rakesh K.; Fokin, Valery V.

    2014-01-01

    Rhodium(II) azavinyl carbenes, conveniently generated from 1-sulfonyl-1,2,3-triazoles, undergo a facile, mild and convergent formal 1,3-insertion into N–H and O–H bonds of primary and secondary amides, various alcohols, and carboxylic acids to afford a wide range of vicinally bis-functionalized Z-olefins with perfect regio- and stereoselectively. Utilizing the distinctive functionality installed through these reactions, a number of subsequent rearrangements and cyclizations expand the repertoire of valuable organic building blocks constructed by reactions of transition metal carbene complexes, including α-allenyl ketones and amino-substituted heterocycles. PMID:24295389

  4. Estimated rate constants for hydrogen abstraction from N-heterocyclic carbene-borane complexes by an alkyl radical.

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    Solovyev, Andrey; Ueng, Shau-Hua; Monot, Julien; Fensterbank, Louis; Malacria, Max; Lacôte, Emmanuel; Curran, Dennis P

    2010-07-01

    Rate constants for hydrogen abstraction by a nonyl radical from 20 complexes of N-heterocyclic carbenes and boranes (NHC-boranes) have been determined by the pyridine-2-thioneoxycarbonyl (PTOC) competition kinetic method at a single concentration point. The rate constants range from <1 x 10(4) to 8 x 10(4) M(-1) s(-1). They show little dependence on the electronic properties of the carbene core, but there is a trend for increasing rate constants with decreasing size of the carbene N-substituents. Two promising new reagents with small N-substituents (R = Me) have been identified. PMID:20536158

  5. Chemically Non-Innocent Cyclic (Alkyl)(Amino)Carbenes: Ligand Rearrangement, C-H and C-F Bond Activation.

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    Turner, Zoë R

    2016-08-01

    A cyclic (alkyl)(amino)carbene (CAAC) was found to undergo unprecedented rearrangements and transformations of its core structure in the presence of Group 1 and 2 metals. Although the carbene was also found to be prone to intramolecular C-H activation, it was competent for intermolecular activation of a variety of sp-, sp(2) -, and sp(3) -hybridized C-H bonds. Double C-F activation of hexafluorobenzene was also observed in this work. These processes all hold relevance to the role of these carbenes in catalysis, as well as to their use in the synthesis of new and unusual main group or transition metal complexes. PMID:27363588

  6. Cationic 5-phosphonio-substituted N-heterocyclic carbenes.

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    Schwedtmann, Kai; Schoemaker, Robin; Hennersdorf, Felix; Bauzá, Antonio; Frontera, Antonio; Weiss, Robert; Weigand, Jan J

    2016-07-28

    2-Phosphanyl-substituted imidazolium salts 2-PR2(4,5-Cl-Im)[OTf] (9a,b[OTf]) (4,5-Cl-Im = 4,5-dichloro-1,3-bis(2,6-di-isopropylphenyl)-imidazolium) (a: R = Cy, b: R = Ph) are prepared from the reaction of R2PCl (R = Cy, Ph) with NHC 8 (4,5-dichloro-1,3-bis(2,6-di-isopropylphenyl)-imidazolin-2-ylidene) in the presence of Me3SiOTf. 5-Phospanyl-substituted imidazolium salts 5-PR2(2,4-Cl-Im)[OTf] (10a,b[OTf]) are obtained in quantitative yield when a slight excess of the NHC 8 is used. 5-Phosphonio-substituted imidazolium salts 5-PR2Me(2,4-Cl-Im)[OTf]2 (14a,b[OTf]2) and 5-PR2F(2,4-Cl-Im)[OTf]2 (16a,b[OTf]2) result from methylation reaction or oxidation of 10a,b[OTf] with XeF2 and subsequent fluoride abstraction. According to our quantum chemical studies the Cl1 atom at the 2-position at the imidazolium ring of dication 14b(2+) carries a slightly positive charge and is therefore accessible for nucleophilic attack. Accordingly, the reaction of 14a,b[OTf]2 and 16a,b[OTf]2 with R3P (R = Cy, Ph) affords cationic 5-phosphonio-substituted NHCs 5-PR2Me(4-Cl-NHC)[OTf] (17a,b[OTf]) and 5-PR2F(4-Cl-NHC)[OTf] (18a,b[OTf]) via a SN2(Cl)-type reaction. A series of transition metal complexes such as [AuCl(5-PPh2Me(4-Cl-NHC))][OTf] (19[OTf]), [CuBr(5-PPh2Me(4-Cl-NHC))][OTf] (20[OTf]), [AuCl(5-PPh2F(4-Cl-NHC))[OTf] (21[OTf]) and [RhCl(cod)(5-PPh2Me(4-Cl-NHC))][OTf] (23[OTf]) are prepared to prove the coordination abilities of carbenes 17b[OTf] and 18b[OTf]. The isolation of a rare example of a tricationic bis-carbene silver complex [Ag(5-PPh2Me(4-Cl-NHC))2][OTf]3 (22[OTf]3) is achieved by reacting 14b[OTf] with Cy3P in the presence of AgOTf. NHC 17b[OTf] represents a very effective dehydrocoupling reagent for secondary (R2PH, R = Ph, Cy, (i)Bu) and primary (RPH2, R = Ph, Cy) phosphanes to give diphosphanes of type R4P2 (R = Ph, Cy, (i)Bu) and oligophosphanes R4P4, R5P5 (R = Ph, Cy), respectively. Methylation of 17b(+) and subsequent deprotonation reaction with LDA affords the cationic

  7. Solvent mimicry with methylene carbene to probe protein topography.

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    Gómez, Gabriela Elena; Monti, José Luis E; Mundo, Mariana Rocío; Delfino, José María

    2015-10-01

    The solvent accessible surface area (SASA) of the polypeptide chain plays a key role in protein folding, conformational change, and interaction. This fundamental biophysical parameter is elusive in experimental measurement. Our approach to this problem relies on the reaction of the minimal photochemical reagent diazirine (DZN) with polypeptides. This reagent (i) exerts solvent mimicry because its size is comparable to water and (ii) shows scant chemical selectivity because it generates extremely reactive methylene carbene. Methylation gives rise to the EM (extent of modification) signal, which is useful for scrutinizing the conformational change triggered by Ca(2+) binding to calmodulin (CaM). The increased EM observed for the full protein is dominated by the enhanced exposure of hydrophobic area in Ca(2+)-CaM. Fragmentation allowed us to quantify the methylene incorporation at specific sites. Peptide 91-106 reveals a major reorganization around the calcium 151 binding site, resulting in local ordering and a greater exposure of the hydrophobic surface. Additionally, this technique shows a high sensitivity to probe recognition between CaM and melittin (Mel). The large decrease in EM indicates the occlusion of a significant hydrophobic area upon complexation. Protection from labeling reveals a larger involvement of the N-terminal and central regions of CaM in this interaction. Despite its smaller size, Mel's differential exposure can also be quantified. Moreover, MS/MS fragmentation realizes the goal of extending the resolution of labeled sites at the amino acid level. Overall, DZN labeling emerges as a useful footprinting method capable of shedding light on physiological conformational changes and interactions. PMID:26348271

  8. Carbene insertion into a P-H bond: parent phosphinidene-carbene adducts from PH3 and bis(phosphinidene)mercury complexes.

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    Bispinghoff, Mark; Tondreau, Aaron M; Grützmacher, Hansjörg; Faradji, Charly A; Pringle, Paul G

    2016-04-14

    PH3 reacts with the in situ generated N-heterocyclic carbene DippNHC* (DippNHC* = 1,3-bis(2,6-diisopropylphenyl)imidazolin-2-ylidene) to give the phosphanyl-imidazolidine [(Dipp)NHC*-H]-[PH2]. Upon treatment with an ortho-quinone, [(Dipp)NHC*-H]-[PH2] is dehydrogenated to give the parent phosphinidene-carbene adduct (Dipp)NHC*[double bond, length as m-dash]PH. Alternative routes to [(Dipp)NHC*-H]-[PH2] and (Dipp)NHC*[double bond, length as m-dash]PH employ NaPH2 and (TMS)3P7 (TMS = trimethylsilyl), respectively, as phosphorus sources. The adduct (Dipp)NHC*[double bond, length as m-dash]PH and the related adduct (Dipp)NHC[double bond, length as m-dash]PH ((Dipp)NHC = bis(2,6-diisopropylphenyl)imidazol-2-ylidene) possessing an unsaturated NHC backbone both react with HgCl2 to give the bis(carbene-phosphinidenyl) complexes [((Dipp)NHC*[double bond, length as m-dash]P)2Hg] and [((Dipp)NHC[double bond, length as m-dash]P)2Hg]. PMID:26122315

  9. Synthesis and in vitro Efficacy Studies of Silver Carbene Complexes on Biosafety Level 3 Bacteria

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    Panzner, Matthew J.; Deeraksa, Arpaporn; Smith, Alyssa; Wright, Brian D.; Hindi, Khadijah M.; Kascatan-Nebioglu, Aysegul; Torres, Alfredo G.; Judy, Barbara M.; Hovis, Christine E.; Hilliard, Julia K.; Mallett, Rebekah J.; Cope, Emily; Estes, D. Mark; Cannon, Carolyn L.; Leid, Jeff G.; Youngs, Wiley J.

    2009-01-01

    A series of N-heterocyclic carbene silver complexes have been synthesized and tested against the select group of bio-safety level 3 bacteria Burkholderia pseudomallei, Burkholderia mallei, Bacillus anthracis, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Yersinia pestis. Minimal inhibitory concentrations, minimal bactericidal and killing assays demonstrated the exceptional efficacy of the complexes against these potentially weaponizable pathogens. PMID:20160993

  10. Synthesis of α-Fluoroketones by Insertion of HF into a Gold Carbene.

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    Zeng, Xiaojun; Liu, Shiwen; Shi, Zhenyu; Liu, Guangchang; Xu, Bo

    2016-08-16

    Reported is an efficient synthesis of α-fluoroketones by insertion of hydrogen fluoride (HF) into the gold carbene intermediate, generated from a cationic gold catalyzed addition of N-oxides to alkynes. This method results in excellent chemical yields for a wide range of alkyne substrates and demonstrates good functional-group tolerance. PMID:27436069

  11. Azaindole synthesis through dual activation catalysis with N-heterocyclic carbenes.

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    Sharma, Hayden A; Todd Hovey, M; Scheidt, Karl A

    2016-07-28

    A convergent, transition-metal-free synthesis of 2-aryl-azaindoles has been developed. The interception of a reactive aza-ortho-azaquinone methide intermediate by an acyl anion equivalent generated through carbene catalysis provides high yields, a wide substrate scope, and the synthesis of previously inaccessible azaindoles. PMID:27363788

  12. Bifunctional N-heterocyclic carbene-catalyzed highly enantioselective synthesis of spirocyclic oxindolo-β-lactams.

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    Zhang, Han-Ming; Gao, Zhong-Hua; Ye, Song

    2014-06-01

    The N-heterocyclic carbene-catalyzed Staudinger reaction of ketenes with isatin-derived ketimines was investigated. The bifunctional NHCs with a free hydroxyl group were demonstrated as efficient catalysts for the reaction, giving the corresponding spirocyclic oxindolo-β-lactams in high yields with excellent diastereo- and enantioselectivities. PMID:24856000

  13. Rapid Construction of (-)-Paroxetine and (-)-Femoxetine via N-Heterocyclic Carbene Catalyzed Homoenolate Addition to Nitroalkenes.

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    White, Nicholas A; Ozboya, Kerem E; Flanigan, Darrin M; Rovis, Tomislav

    2014-04-01

    A concise enantioselective synthesis of (-)-paroxetine (Paxil) and (-)-femoxetine has been achieved. Key to these syntheses is a N-heterocyclic carbene catalyzed homoenolate addition to a nitroalkene followed by in situ reduction of the nitro-group to rapidly access δ-lactams. PMID:25485210

  14. Rapid Construction of (-)-Paroxetine and (-)-Femoxetine via N-Heterocyclic Carbene Catalyzed Homoenolate Addition to Nitroalkenes

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    White, Nicholas A.; Ozboya, Kerem E.; Flanigan, Darrin M.

    2014-01-01

    A concise enantioselective synthesis of (-)-paroxetine (Paxil) and (-)-femoxetine has been achieved. Key to these syntheses is a N-heterocyclic carbene catalyzed homoenolate addition to a nitroalkene followed by in situ reduction of the nitro-group to rapidly access δ-lactams. PMID:25485210

  15. Nickel-catalyzed [3+1+1] cycloaddition reactions of alkenyl Fischer carbene complexes with methylenecyclopropanes.

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    Kamikawa, Ken; Shimizu, Yasunori; Takemoto, Shin; Matsuzaka, Hiroyuki

    2006-08-31

    Methylenecyclopentanones were synthesized by the nickel-catalyzed [3+1+1] cycloaddition reactions of alkenyl Fischer carbene complexes with methylenecyclopropanes. The methylenecyclopropane was transformed into the C(2)-symmetric bis-cyclopentapyridazine derivative by reacting with p-toluenesulfonyl hydrazine. PMID:16928061

  16. N-heterocyclic carbenes--catalysts for the preparation of polyhedral silsesquioxanes.

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    Koželj, Matjaž; Orel, Boris

    2013-07-14

    N-Heterocyclic carbenes could be used as powerful catalysts for the preparation of various polyhedral silsesquioxanes. NHCs also catalyze a rearrangement of existing cages and a scrambling between two different cages at a concentration as low as 1 mol%. PMID:23689470

  17. Synthesis and in vitro Efficacy Studies of Silver Carbene Complexes on Biosafety Level 3 Bacteria.

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    Panzner, Matthew J; Deeraksa, Arpaporn; Smith, Alyssa; Wright, Brian D; Hindi, Khadijah M; Kascatan-Nebioglu, Aysegul; Torres, Alfredo G; Judy, Barbara M; Hovis, Christine E; Hilliard, Julia K; Mallett, Rebekah J; Cope, Emily; Estes, D Mark; Cannon, Carolyn L; Leid, Jeff G; Youngs, Wiley J

    2009-05-01

    A series of N-heterocyclic carbene silver complexes have been synthesized and tested against the select group of bio-safety level 3 bacteria Burkholderia pseudomallei, Burkholderia mallei, Bacillus anthracis, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Yersinia pestis. Minimal inhibitory concentrations, minimal bactericidal and killing assays demonstrated the exceptional efficacy of the complexes against these potentially weaponizable pathogens. PMID:20160993

  18. Theoretical study of addition reactions of carbene, silylene, and germylene to carbon nanotubes

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    Chu, Ying-Ying; Su, Ming-Der

    2004-08-01

    A theoretical study of the mechanism of the reaction of a single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) with carbene (H 2C), silylene (H 2Si), and germylene (H 2Ge) has been carried out using a two-layered ONIOM(B3LYP/6-311G ∗:PM3) approach. The main findings are as follows: (1) The computational results based on the method used in this work are in good agreement with recent theoretical findings [Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 41 (2002) 1853]. That is, SWCNTs with H 2C, H 2Si, and H 2Ge addends favor opened structures rather than three-membered rings. (2) The greater the atomic number of the carbene center, the larger the activation energy and the less exothermic (or the more endothermic) the cycloaddition reaction becomes. Therefore, addition to the C dbnd C bond of a SWCNT is more difficult the heavier the carbene center. (3) The theoretical observations suggest that the singlet-triplet splitting of a carbene can be used as a guide to its reactivity during the SWCNT cycloaddition process.

  19. Chemical functionalization of graphene by carbene cycloaddition: A density functional theory study

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    Zan, Wenyan

    2014-08-01

    In this work, we have systematically studied the structural, energetic and electronic properties of graphene functionalized with carbene groups by using density functional theory. Introducing a low concentration of CCl2 group in graphene was studied in detail by DFT, and closed cyclopropane-like three-membered ring structure was formed, meanwhile, the potential candidate carbene groups CR2 (R = H, F, CH3, CN, NO2, OCH3, CCH, C6H5) were added to graphene sheet, and CR2 (R = H, NO2, CH3) groups were expected to be good reactive species to covalently modify graphene. The graphene functionalization with carbene groups above can open graphene's band gap. More CCl2 molecules were added to graphene, and different concentrations of CCl2 group can tune graphene's band gap. In addition, the addition of CCl2 group to graphene edges was investigated, and the stronger binding energy was found. Multiple CCl2 molecules preferred to be bound with the same edge of graphene nanoribbon. This work provides an insight into the detailed molecular mechanism of graphene functionalization with carbene groups.

  20. Copper N-Heterocyclic Carbene: A Catalyst for Aerobic Oxidation or Reduction Reactions.

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    Zhan, Le-Wu; Han, Lei; Xing, Ping; Jiang, Biao

    2015-12-18

    Copper N-heterocyclic carbene complexes can be readily used as catalysts for both aerobic oxidation of alcohols to aldehydes and reduction of imines to amines. Our methodology is universal for aromatic substrates and shows versatile tolerance to potential cascade reactions. A one-pot tandem synthetic strategy could afford useful imines and secondary amines via an oxidation-reduction strategy. PMID:26633757

  1. Extremely efficient hydroboration of ketones and aldehydes by copper carbene catalysis.

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    Bagherzadeh, Sharareh; Mankad, Neal P

    2016-03-01

    A readily available copper carbene complex, (IPr)CuOtBu, catalyses the hydroboration of ketones and aldehydes even at very low catalyst loadings (0.1 mol%), in some cases with turnover frequencies exceeding 6000 h(-1). Carbonyl reduction occurs selectivitily in the presence of other reducible functional groups including alkenes, nitriles, esters, and alkyl chlorides. PMID:26871503

  2. N-Heterocyclic carbene-catalyzed [3+3] cyclocondensation of bromoenals with aldimines: highly enantioselective synthesis of dihydropyridinones.

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    Gao, Zhong-Hua; Chen, Xiang-Yu; Zhang, Han-Ming; Ye, Song

    2015-08-01

    The N-heterocyclic carbene-catalyzed [3+3] cyclocondensation of bromoenals and aldimines was developed to give the corresponding dihydropyridinones in good yields with excellent enantioselectivities. PMID:26121224

  3. Synthesis, structure and DFT study of cymantrenyl Fischer carbene complexes of group VI and VII transition metals

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    Fraser, Roan; van Rooyen, Petrus H.; Landman, Marilé

    2016-02-01

    Bi- and trimetallic carbene complexes of group VI and VII transition metals (Cr, Mo, W, Mn and Re), with CpMn(CO)3 as the initial synthon, have been synthesised according to the classical Fischer methodology. Crystal structures of the novel carbene complexes with general formula [Mx(CO)y-1{C(OEt)(MnCp(CO)3)}], where x = 1 then y = 3 or 6; x = 2 then y = 10, of the complexes are reported. A density functional theory (DFT) study was undertaken to determine natural bonding orbitals (NBOs) and conformational as well as isomeric aspects of the polymetallic complexes. Application of the second-order perturbation theory (SOPT) of the natural bond orbital (NBO) method revealed stabilizing interactions between the methylene C-H bonds and the carbonyl ligands of the carbene metal moiety. These stabilization interactions show a linear decrease for the group VI metal carbene complexes down the group.

  4. An insight into the mechanism of the aerobic oxidation of aldehydes catalyzed by N-heterocyclic carbenes.

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    Bortolini, O; Chiappe, C; Fogagnolo, M; Giovannini, P P; Massi, A; Pomelli, C S; Ragno, D

    2014-02-25

    N-Heterocyclic carbene catalysis for the aerobic oxidation and esterification of aromatic aldehydes was monitored by ESI-MS (MS/MS) and the key intermediates were intercepted and characterized using the charge-tag strategy. PMID:24413829

  5. An abnormal N-heterocyclic carbene-carbon dioxide adduct from imidazolium acetate ionic liquids: the importance of basicity.

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    Kelemen, Zsolt; Péter-Szabó, Barbara; Székely, Edit; Hollóczki, Oldamur; Firaha, Dzmitry S; Kirchner, Barbara; Nagy, József; Nyulászi, László

    2014-09-26

    In the reaction of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium acetate [C2C1Im][OAc] ionic liquid with carbon dioxide at 125 °C and 10 MPa, not only the known N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC)-CO2 adduct I, but also isomeric aNHC-CO2 adducts II and III were obtained. The abnormal NHC-CO2 adducts are stabilized by the presence of the polarizing basic acetate anion, according to static DFT calculations and ab initio molecular dynamics studies. A further possible reaction pathway is facilitated by the high basicity of the system, deprotonating the initially formed NHC-CO2 adduct I, which can then be converted in the presence of the excess of CO2 to the more stable 2-deprotonated anionic abnormal NHC-CO2 adduct via the anionic imidazolium-2,4-dicarboxylate according to DFT calculations on model compounds. This suggests a generalizable pathway to abnormal NHC complex formation. PMID:25137312

  6. Rhodium(I) N-Heterocyclic Carbene Bioorganometallics as in Vitro Antiproliferative Agents with Distinct Effects on Cellular Signaling.

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    Oehninger, Luciano; Spreckelmeyer, Sarah; Holenya, Pavlo; Meier, Samuel M; Can, Suzan; Alborzinia, Hamed; Schur, Julia; Keppler, Bernhard K; Wölfl, Stefan; Ott, Ingo

    2015-12-24

    Organometallics with N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligands have triggered major interest in inorganic medicinal chemistry. Complexes of the type Rh(I)(NHC)(COD)X (where X is Cl or I, COD is cyclooctadiene, and NHC is a dimethylbenzimidazolylidene) represent a promising type of new metallodrugs that have been explored by advanced biomedical methods only recently. In this work, we have synthesized and characterized several complexes of this type. As observed by mass spectrometry, these complexes remained stable over at least 3 h in aqueous solution, after which hydrolysis of the halido ligands occurred and release of the NHC ligand was evident. Effects against mitochondria and general cell tumor metabolism were noted at higher concentrations, whereas phosphorylation of HSP27, p38, ERK1/2, FAK, and p70S6K was induced substantially already at lower exposure levels. Regarding the antiproliferative activity in tumor cells, a clear preference for iodido over chlorido secondary ligands was noted, as well as effects of the substituents of the NHC ligand. PMID:26595649

  7. Dynamic Behavior of N-Heterocyclic Carbene Boranes: Boron-Carbene Bonds in B,B-Disubstituted N,N-Dimethylimidazol-2-ylidene Boranes Have Substantial Rotation Barriers.

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    Damodaran, Krishnan; Li, Xiben; Pan, Xiangcheng; Curran, Dennis P

    2015-05-01

    Dynamic NMR spectroscopy has been used to measure rotation barriers in five B,B-disubstituted 1,3-dimethylimidazol-2-ylidene boranes. The barriers are attributed to the sp(2)-sp(3) bond between C(1) of the N-heterocyclic carbene ring and the boron atom. Bonds to boron atoms bearing a thexyl (1,1,2-trimethylpropyl) group show especially high barriers, ranging from 75-86 kJ mol(-1). 2-Isopropyl-1,3,5-trimethylbenzene is used as a comparable to help understand the nature and magnitude of the barriers. PMID:25843519

  8. Cationic rhenium complexes ligated with N-heterocyclic carbenes - an overview.

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    Hille, Claudia; Kühn, Fritz E

    2016-01-01

    This review provides an overview of the currently known cationic rhenium NHC complexes. Synthesis, structures and properties are described. The title compounds are potential candidates for both catalytic and medical applications. Besides the variety of ancillary ligands, which are in some cases easily substituted, functionalization can be carried out in the side chain or at the backbone of the carbene ligand as well as - in the case of biscarbene ligands - at the bridging moiety. Cationic Re NHC complexes are promising precursors for radiopharmaceuticals and diagnostics - not only because of the possibility to radiolabel the metal (steps in this direction have been made and described already) - but rather the opportunity to link the complexes to biomolecules via the different possibilities provided by the ligands. The development of OLEDs based on luminescent Re(i) carbene complexes renders another potential application. PMID:26587970

  9. Self-Supported N-Heterocyclic Carbenes and Their Use as Organocatalysts.

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    Ma, Shuang; Toy, Patrick H

    2016-01-01

    The study of N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) as organocatalysts has proliferated in recent years, and they have been found to be useful in a variety of reactions. In an attempt to further expand their utility and to study their recyclability, we designed and synthesized a series of self-supported NHCs in which the catalytic carbene groups form part of a densely functionalized polymer backbone, and studied them as organocatalysts. Of the self-Supported NHCs examined, a benzimidazole derived polymer with flexible linkers connecting the catalytic groups was found to be the most efficient organocatalyst in a model benzoin condensation reaction, and thus it was used in a variety of such reactions, including some involving catalyst recycling. Furthermore, it was also used to catalyze a set of redox esterification reactions involving conjugated unsaturated aldehydes. In all of these reactions the catalyst afforded good yield of the desired product and its polymeric nature facilitated product purification. PMID:27556435

  10. An Isolable, Photoswitchable N-Heterocyclic Carbene: On-Demand Reversible Ammonia Activation.

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    Teator, Aaron J; Tian, Yuan; Chen, Mu; Lee, Jeehiun K; Bielawski, Christopher W

    2015-09-21

    The first isolable, photoswitchable N-heterocyclic carbene was synthesized and found to undergo reversible electrocyclic isomerization upon successive exposure to UV and visible radiation. The UV-induced ring closure afforded substantial changes to the electronic structure of the dithienylethene-based NHC, as evidenced by changes in the corresponding UV/Vis absorption and (13)C NMR spectra. Likewise, molecular orbital calculations revealed diminished electron density at the carbene nucleus upon photocyclization, consistent with the enhanced electrophilicity displayed by the ring-closed form. The photoswitchable NHC was successfully switched between its ring-opened and ring-closed states with high fidelity over multiple cycles. Furthermore, the ring-closed isomer was found to undergo facile N-H bond activation, allowing for the controlled capture and release of ammonia upon cycling between its isomeric states. PMID:26274507

  11. Covalent Carbene Functionalization of Graphene: Toward Chemical Band-Gap Manipulation.

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    Sainsbury, Toby; Passarelli, Melissa; Naftaly, Mira; Gnaniah, Sam; Spencer, Steve J; Pollard, Andrew J

    2016-02-01

    In this work, we employ dibromocarbene (DBC) radicals to covalently functionalize solution exfoliated graphene via the formation of dibromocyclopropyl adducts. This is achieved using a basic aqueous/organic biphasic reaction mixture to decompose the DBC precursor, bromoform, in conjunction with a phase-transfer catalyst to facilitate ylide formation and carbene migration to graphene substrates. DBC-functionalized graphene (DBC-graphene) was characterized using a range of spectroscopic and analytical techniques to confirm the covalent nature of functionalization. Modified optical and electronic properties of DBC-graphene were investigated using UV-vis spectroscopy, analysis of electrical I-V transport properties, and noncontact terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. The implications of carbene functionalization of graphene are considered in the context of scalable radical functionalization methodologies for bulk-scale graphene processing and controlled band-gap manipulation of graphene. PMID:26824127

  12. The Real Role of N-Heterocyclic Carbene in Reductive Functionalization of CO2: An Alternative Understanding from Density Functional Theory Study.

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    Zhou, Qinghai; Li, Yuxue

    2015-08-19

    The mechanisms of reductive functionalization of CO2 to formamide catalyzed by N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) were comprehensively studied with DFT calculations. New activation mode with much lower energy barrier than those proposed before was discovered. In this reaction, NHC acts as neither a CO2 nor a silane activator, but as a precursor of the real catalyst, i.e., the in situ formed ionic liquid [NHCH](+)[Carbamate](-). In this loose contact ion pair, the negatively charged O atom of the carbamate anion becomes the new active site and is free to do nucleophilic attack. When amine is absent, CO2 will be converted into methanol. In this case, the NHC-CO2 adduct is the real catalytic species, the active site shifted from the carbene C atom to the negatively charged O atom. These new activation modes follow a pattern of "S(N)2@Si-Acceptor", in which the Si-H bond is activated via concerted backside S(N)2 nucleophilic attack by the negatively charged O atom, and the leaving hydride is directly accepted by a free CO2 molecule. The advantages of these new activation modes originate from the following points: (1) The ionic liquid [NHCH](+)[Carbamate](-) and NHC-CO2 adduct are thermodynamically more stable than NHC. (2) The active site of the NHC catalyst is extended outside a lot. Consequently, the large steric effect between the NHC arms and the substrates in transition state can be avoided to some extent. (3) The O atom has good silicon affinity. In addition, a free CO2 molecule, whose carbon atom is more electrophilic than those of the CO2 moieties in NHC-CO2 adduct and carbamate, acts as an efficient hydride acceptor. PMID:26220202

  13. Carbene-catalyzed desymmetrization of 1,3-diols: access to optically enriched tertiary alkyl chlorides.

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    Li, Bao-Sheng; Wang, Yuhuang; Proctor, Rupert S J; Jin, Zhichao; Chi, Yonggui Robin

    2016-07-01

    The introduction of a chlorine atom to a carbon center in an enantioselective manner via conventional C-Cl bond formation is difficult. Here we report a new approach to this class of tertiary alkyl chlorides with high optical purities. Instead of forming a new C-Cl bond, our approach involves carbene-catalyzed desymmetrization of 2-chloro-1,3-diols as the key step to set up the chiral carbon center with excellent enantiomeric excess. PMID:27298081

  14. Highly photoluminescent copper carbene complexes based on prompt rather than delayed fluorescence.

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    Romanov, Alexander S; Di, Dawei; Yang, Le; Fernandez-Cestau, Julio; Becker, Ciaran R; James, Charlotte E; Zhu, Bonan; Linnolahti, Mikko; Credgington, Dan; Bochmann, Manfred

    2016-05-11

    Linear two-coordinate copper complexes of cyclic (alkyl)(amino)carbenes (CAAC)CuX (X = halide) show photoluminescence with solid-state quantum yields of up to 96%; in contrast to previously reported Cu photoemitters the emission is independent of temperature over the range T = 4-300 K and occurs very efficiently by prompt rather than delayed fluorescence, with lifetimes in the sub-nanosecond range. PMID:27087532

  15. A Mesoionic Carbene as Neutral Ligand for Phosphorescent Cationic Ir(III) Complexes.

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    Baschieri, Andrea; Monti, Filippo; Matteucci, Elia; Mazzanti, Andrea; Barbieri, Andrea; Armaroli, Nicola; Sambri, Letizia

    2016-08-15

    Two phosphorescent Ir(III) complexes bearing a mesoionic carbene ligand based on 1,2,3-triazolylidene are obtained for the first time. A silver-iridium transmetalation of the in situ-generated mesoionic carbene affords the cationic dichloro complex [Ir(trizpy)2Cl2](+) (3, trizpy = 1-benzyl-3-methyl-4-(pyridin-2-yl)-1H-1,2,3-triazolylidene) that reacts with a bis-tetrazolate (b-trz) dianionic ligand to give [Ir(trizpy)2(b-trz)](+) (5). The new compounds are fully characterized by NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry, and the X-ray structure of 3 is determined. The electrochemical behavior is somewhat different compared to most standard cationic iridium complexes. The first oxidation process is shifted to substantially higher potential in both 3 and 5, due to peculiar and different ligand-induced effects in the two cases, which stabilize the highest occupied molecular orbital; reduction processes are centered on the mesoionic carbene ligands. Both compounds exhibit a mostly ligand-centered luminescence band in the blue-green spectral region, substantially stronger in the case of 5 versus 3, both in CH3CN solution and in poly(methyl methacrylate) matrix at room temperature. Optimized geometries, orbital energies, spin densities, and electronic transitions are determined via density functional theory calculations, which support a full rationalization of the electrochemical and photophysical behavior. This work paves the way for the development of Ir-based emitters with neutral mesoionic carbene ligands and anionic ancillary ligands, a new concept in the area of cationic Ir(III) complexes. PMID:27483041

  16. Recent advances in N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC)-catalysed benzoin reactions

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    Menon, Rajeev S; Biju, Akkattu T

    2016-01-01

    Summary N-Heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) have emerged as a powerful class of organocatalysts that mediate a variety of organic transformations. The Benzoin reaction constitutes one of the earliest known carbon–carbon bond-forming reactions catalysed by NHCs. The rapid growth of NHC catalysis in general has resulted in the development of a variety of benzoin and benzoin-type reactions. An overview of such NHC-catalysed benzoin reactions is presented. PMID:27340440

  17. Computational evaluation of tris(carbene)borate donor properties in {NiNO}(10) complexes.

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    Juarez, Ruth A; Lee, Wei-Tsung; Smith, Jeremy M; Wang, Haobin

    2014-10-21

    Electronic structure calculations are performed to characterise the structures, energies, and spectroscopic data for a series of four-coordinate tris(carbene)borate {NiNO}(10) complexes. There is excellent agreement between the computational and experimental results for known complexes, allowing for structure-function relationships to be delineated. Calculations that provide insights into the synthetic accessibility of nickel(iv) nitrides by oxygen atom abstraction from these complexes are also reported. PMID:25142086

  18. Towards New Generations of Metathesis Metal-Carbene Pre-catalysts

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    Allaert, Bart; Dieltiens, Nicolai; Stevens, Chris; Drozdzak, Renata; Dragutan, Ileana; Dragutan, Valerian; Verpoort, Francis

    : A short general introduction combined with some historical milestones in the field of olefin metathesis is presented followed by an overview of recent representatives of metal carbene initiators. This paper attempts to relief the many superb contributions and overwhelming work invested in intelligent design and innovative synthesis in this area. Despites of recent advances there is still a great interest in the generation of new, better performing, and more environment friendly metathesis.

  19. An Iridium(I) N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complex Catalyzes Asymmetric Intramolecular Allylic Amination Reactions.

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    Ye, Ke-Yin; Cheng, Qiang; Zhuo, Chun-Xiang; Dai, Li-Xin; You, Shu-Li

    2016-07-01

    A chiral iridium(I) N-heterocyclic carbene complex was reported for the first time as the catalyst in the highly enantioselective intramolecular allylic amination reaction. The current method provides facile access to biologically important enantioenriched indolopiperazinones and piperazinones in good yields (74-91 %) and excellent enantioselectivities (92-99 % ee). Preliminary mechanistic investigations reveal that the C-H activation occurs at the position ortho to the N-aryl group of the ligand. PMID:27162135

  20. Platinum(iv) N-heterocyclic carbene complexes: their synthesis, characterisation and cytotoxic activity.

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    Bouché, M; Dahm, G; Wantz, M; Fournel, S; Achard, T; Bellemin-Laponnaz, S

    2016-07-28

    Platinum(ii) N-heterocyclic carbene complexes have been oxidized by bromine or iodobenzene dichloride to provide the fully characterised corresponding platinum(iv) NHC complexes. Antiproliferative activities of Pt(iv) NHC complexes were assayed against several cancer cell lines and the results were correlated with respect to their stability. Mechanistic investigations revealed that mitochondrial dysfunction and ROS production were associated with the cytotoxic process induced by these compounds. PMID:27331604

  1. Alkyne-azide cycloaddition catalyzed by silver chloride and "abnormal" silver N-heterocyclic carbene complex.

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    Ortega-Arizmendi, Aldo I; Aldeco-Pérez, Eugenia; Cuevas-Yañez, Erick

    2013-01-01

    A library of 1,2,3-triazoles was synthesized from diverse alkynes and azides using catalytic amounts of silver chloride instead of copper compounds. In addition, a novel "abnormal" silver N-heterocyclic carbene complex was tested as catalyst in this process. The results suggest that the reaction requires only 0.5% of silver complex, affording 1,2,3-triazoles in good yields. PMID:24307866

  2. Synthesis, characterization and catalytic activity of saturated and unsaturated N-heterocyclic carbene iridium(i) complexes.

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    Chang, Yung-Hung; Fu, Ching-Feng; Liu, Yi-Hong; Peng, Shei-Ming; Chen, Jwu-Ting; Liu, Shiuh-Tzung

    2009-02-01

    Both saturated and unsaturated N-benzyl substituted heterocyclic carbene (NHC) iridum(i) complexes were synthesized. The unsaturated carbene complex [(un-NHC-Bn)Ir(CO)(2)Cl] in the cis form was prepared via the carbene transfer from the corresponding silver complex to [Ir(COD)(2)Cl](2) followed by ligand substitution with CO, whereas the saturated complex was obtained via the transfer from (sat-NHC-Bn)W(CO)(5). The treatment of phosphines with (NHC)Ir(CO)(2)Cl complexes yielded the products with the phosphine ligand trans to the carbene moiety via substitution. X-Ray structural determination shows that distances of Ir-C((carbene)) in both (un-NHC-Bn)Ir(CO)(PR(3))Cl and (un-NHC-Bn)Ir(CO)(PR(3))Cl are essentially the same. Analyses of spectroscopic and crystal structural data of iridium complexes [(NHC)Ir(CO)(PR(3))Cl] and Vaska's complex show similar corresponding data in both types of complexes, suggesting that the studied NHC ligands and phosphines have similar bonding with Ir(i) metal center. All iridium complexes studied in this work illustrated their catalytically activity on N-alkylation of amine with alcohol via hydrogen transfer reduction. It appears no dramatic difference on the catalytic activity among these iridium carbene complexes; but the saturated carbene complex (sat-NHC-Bn)Ir(CO)(PR(3))Cl appears to be slightly more active. For example, the reaction of benzyl alcohol with aniline in the presence of catalyst (1 mol%) under basic conditions at 100 degrees C provided the secondary amine (N-benzylaniline) in 96% yield. PMID:19156280

  3. Reversible Carbene Formation in the Ionic Liquid 1-Ethyl-3-Methylimidazolium Acetate by Vaporization and Condensation.

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    Kar, Bishnu Prasad; Sander, Wolfram

    2015-12-01

    The role of N-heterocyclic carbenes in the chemistry of ionic liquids based on imidazolium salts has long been discussed. Here, we present experimental evidence that 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium-2-ylidene (EMIm) can coexist with its protonated imidazolium cation (EMImH(+) ) at low temperatures. If the vapor of the ionic liquid [EMImH(+) ][AcO(-) ] is trapped in solid argon or nitrogen at 9 K, only acetic acid (AcOH) and the carbene, but no ionic species, are found by IR spectroscopy. This indicates that during the evaporation of [EMImH(+) ][AcO(-) ] proton transfer occurs to form the neutral species. If the vapor of [EMImH(+) ][AcO(-) ] is trapped at 9 K as film in the absence of a host matrix, a solid consisting of EMImH(+) , EMIm, AcO(-) , and AcOH is formed. During warming to room temperature the proton transfer in the solid to form back the IL [EMImH(+) ][AcO(-) ] can be monitored by IR spectroscopy. This clearly demonstrates that evaporation and condensation of the IL [EMImH(+) ][AcO(-) ] results in a double proton transfer, and the carbene EMIm is only metastable even at low temperatures. PMID:26376583

  4. Masked N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Catalyzed Alkylation of Phenols with Organic Carbonates.

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    Lui, Matthew Y; Yuen, Alexander K L; Masters, Anthony F; Maschmeyer, Thomas

    2016-09-01

    An easily prepared masked N-heterocyclic carbene, 1,3-dimethylimidazolium-2-carboxylate (DMI-CO2 ), was investigated as a "green" and inexpensive organocatalyst for the alkylation of phenols. The process made use of various low-toxicity and renewable alkylating agents, such as dimethyl- and diethyl carbonate, in a focused microwave reactor. DMI-CO2 was found to be a very active catalyst and excellent yields of a range of aryl alkyl ethers were obtained under relatively benign conditions. The observed difference in the conversion behavior of phenol methylation, in the presence of either the carbene or 1,8-diazabicycloundec-7-ene (DBU) catalyst, was rationalized on the basis of mechanistic investigations. The primary mode of action for the N-heterocyclic carbene is nucleophilic catalysis. Activation of the dialkyl carbonate electrophile results in concomitant evolution of an organo-soluble alkoxide, which deprotonates the phenolic starting material. In contrast, DBU is initially protonated by the phenol and thus consumed. Subsequent regeneration and participation in nucleophilic catalysis only becomes significant after some phenolate alkylation occurs. PMID:27528488

  5. Phosphorus-stabilized titanium carbene complexes: synthesis, reactivity and DFT studies.

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    Lafage, Mathieu; Heuclin, Hadrien; Le Goff, Xavier-Frédéric; Saffon-Merceron, Nathalie; Mézailles, Nicolas

    2014-12-15

    The synthesis of two novel titanium carbene complexes from the bis(thiophosphinoyl)methanediide geminal dianion 1 (SCS(2-) ) is described. Dianion 1 reacts cleanly with 0.5 equivalents of [TiCl4 (thf)2 ] to afford the bis-carbene complex [(SCS)2 Ti] (2) in 86 % yield. The mono-carbene complex [(SCS)TiCl2 (thf)] (3) can also be obtained by using an excess of [TiCl4 (thf)2 ]. The structures of 2 and 3 are confirmed by X-ray crystallography. A strong nucleophilic reactivity towards various electrophiles (ketones and aldehydes) is observed. The reaction of 3 with N,N'-dicyclohexylcarbodiimide (DCC) and phenyl isocyanate leads to the formation of two novel diphosphinoketenimines 8 a and 8 b. The bis-titanium guanidinate complex 9 is trapped as the by-product of the reaction with DCC. The X-ray crystal structures of 8 a and 9 are presented. The mechanism of the reaction between complex 3 and DCC is rationalized by DFT studies. PMID:25339253

  6. Stable silylenes.

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    Haaf, M; Schmedake, T A; West, R

    2000-10-01

    The field of stable silylene research has grown dramatically since the first isolation of a stable silylene in 1994. Prior to 1994, silylenes existed only as reactive intermediates, isolable only in low-temperature matrixes. Since then, several stable silylenes have been synthesized, some in fact showing remarkable thermal stability. This Account highlights the developments in stable silylene chemistry, including theoretical and experimental studies attempting to explain the remarkable stability of the silylenes as well as the rapidly expanding reaction chemistry of the stable silylenes. PMID:11041835

  7. Intermolecular insertion of an N,N-heterocyclic carbene into a nonacidic C-H bond: Kinetics, mechanism and catalysis by (K-HMDS)2 (HMDS = Hexamethyldisilazide).

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    Lloyd-Jones, Guy C; Alder, Roger W; Owen-Smith, Gareth J J

    2006-07-01

    The reaction of 2-[13C]-1-ethyl-3-isopropyl-3,4,5,6-tetrahydropyrimidin-1-ium hexafluorophosphate ([13C1]-1-PF6) with a slight excess (1.03 equiv) of dimeric potassium hexamethyldisilazide ("(K-HMDS)2") in toluene generates 2-[13C]-3-ethyl-1-isopropyl-3,4,5,6-tetrahydropyrimid-2-ylidene ([13C1]-2). The hindered meta-stable N,N-heterocyclic carbene [13C1]-2 thus generated undergoes a slow but quantitative reaction with toluene (the solvent) to generate the aminal 2-[13C]-2-benzyl-3-ethyl-1-isopropylhexahydropyrimidine ([13C1]-14) through formal C-H insertion of C2 (the "carbene carbon") at the toluene methyl group. Despite a significant pKa mismatch (Delta pKa 1+ and toluene estimated to be ca. 16 in DMSO) the reaction shows all the characteristics of a deprotonation mechanism, the reaction rate being strongly dependent on the toluene para substituent (rho = 4.8(+/-0.3)), and displaying substantial and rate-limiting primary (k(H)/k(D) = 4.2(+/-0.6)) and secondary (k(H)/k(D) = 1.18(+/-0.08)) kinetic isotope effects on the deuteration of the toluene methyl group. The reaction is catalysed by K-HMDS, but proceeds without cross over between toluene methyl protons and does not involve an HMDS anion acting as base to generate a benzyl anion. Detailed analysis of the reaction kinetics/kinetic isotope effects demonstrates that a pseudo-first-order decay in 2 arises from a first-order dependence on 2, a first-order dependence on toluene (in large excess) and, in the catalytic manifold, a complex noninteger dependence on the K-HMDS dimer. The rate is not satisfactorily predicted by equations based on the Brønsted salt-effect catalysis law. However, the rate can be satisfactorily predicted by a mole-fraction-weighted net rate constant: -d[2]/dt = ({x2 k(uncat)} + {(1-x2) k(cat)})[2]1[toluene]1, in which x2 is determined by a standard bimolecular complexation equilibrium term. The association constant (Ka) for rapid equilibrium-complexation of 2 with (K-HMDS)2 to form [2(K

  8. Fascinating frontiers of N/O-functionalized N-heterocyclic carbene chemistry: from chemical catalysis to biomedical applications.

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    John, Alex; Ghosh, Prasenjit

    2010-08-21

    The in vogue N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) have attracted attention largely for its new found popularity in chemical catalysis and also for displaying promising traits in biomedical applications. The current perspective provides an account of our efforts in exploring the utility of N/O-functionalized N-heterocyclic carbenes in these two areas. On the catalysis front, we have employed the N/O-functionalized N-heterocyclic carbene based precatalysts for the C-C and C-N bond forming reactions like the Suzuki-Miyaura, Sonogashira and Hiyama cross-couplings, the base-free Michael addition, the alkene and alkyne hydroamination reactions and the ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of L-lactides that produce biodegradable polylactide polymers while on the biomedical application front, the anticancer and antimicrobial properties of these N/O-functionalized N-heterocyclic carbene complexes were evaluated. Towards this objective, the N-heterocyclic carbene chemistry of a variety of transition metals like Ag, Au, Ni and Pd has been investigated. PMID:20495733

  9. A Non-Diazo Approach to α-Oxo Gold Carbenes via Gold-Catalyzed Alkyne Oxidation

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    2015-01-01

    For the past dozen years, homogeneous gold catalysis has evolved from a little known topic in organic synthesis to a fully blown research field of significant importance to synthetic practitioners, due to its novel reactivities and reaction modes. Cationic gold(I) complexes are powerful soft Lewis acids that can activate alkynes and allenes toward efficient attack by nucleophiles, leading to the generation of alkenyl gold intermediates. Some of the most versatile aspects of gold catalysis involve the generation of gold carbene intermediates, which occurs through the approach of an electrophile to the distal end of the alkenyl gold moiety, and their diverse transformations thereafter. On the other hand, α-oxo metal carbene/carbenoids are highly versatile intermediates in organic synthesis and can undergo various synthetically challenging yet highly valuable transformations such as C–H insertion, ylide formation, and cyclopropanation reactions. Metal-catalyzed dediazotizations of diazo carbonyl compounds are the principle and most reliable strategy to access them. Unfortunately, the substrates contain a highly energetic diazo moiety and are potentially explosive. Moreover, chemists need to use energetic reagents to prepare them, putting further constrains on operational safety. In this Account, we show that the unique access to the gold carbene species in homogeneous gold catalysis offers an opportunity to generate α-oxo gold carbenes if both nucleophile and electrophile are oxygen. Hence, this approach would enable readily available and safer alkynes to replace hazardous α-diazo carbonyl compounds as precursors in the realm of gold carbene chemistry. For the past several years, we have demonstrated that alkynes can indeed effectively serve as precursors to versatile α-oxo gold carbenes. In our initial study, we showed that a tethered sulfoxide can be a suitable oxidant, which in some cases leads to the formation of α-oxo gold carbene intermediates. The

  10. N-Heterocyclic carbene/Brønsted acid cooperative catalysis as a powerful tool in organic synthesis.

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    De Vreese, Rob; D'hooghe, Matthias

    2012-01-01

    The interplay between metals and N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) has provided a window of opportunities for the development of novel catalytic strategies within the past few years. The recent successful combination of Brønsted acids with NHCs has added a new dimension to the field of cooperative catalysis, enabling the stereoselective synthesis of functionalized pyrrolidin-2-ones as valuable scaffolds in heterocyclic chemistry. This Commentary will briefly highlight the concept of N-heterocyclic carbene/Brønsted acid cooperative catalysis as a new and powerful methodology in organic chemistry. PMID:22509208

  11. Cationic bis-N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ruthenium complex: structure and application as latent catalyst in olefin metathesis.

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    Rouen, Mathieu; Queval, Pierre; Falivene, Laura; Allard, Jessica; Toupet, Loïc; Crévisy, Christophe; Caijo, Frédéric; Baslé, Olivier; Cavallo, Luigi; Mauduit, Marc

    2014-10-13

    An unexpected cationic bis-N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) benzylidene ether based ruthenium complex (2 a) was prepared through the double incorporation of an unsymmetrical unsaturated N-heterocyclic carbene (U2 -NHC) ligand that bore an N-substituted cyclododecyl side chain. The isolation and full characterization (including X-ray diffraction studies) of key synthetic intermediates along with theoretical calculations allowed us to understand the mechanism of the overall cationization process. Finally, the newly developed complex 2 a displayed interesting latent behavior during ring-closing metathesis, which could be "switched on" under acidic conditions. PMID:25212827

  12. Cyclic Alkyl(amino) Carbene Stabilized Complexes with Low Coordinate Metals of Enduring Nature.

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    Roy, Sudipta; Mondal, Kartik Chandra; Roesky, Herbert W

    2016-03-15

    N-Heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) are known to stabilize some metal atoms in different oxidation states mostly by their strong σ-donation. After the successful syntheses of cyclic alkyl(amino) carbenes (cAACs), they have been proven to be much more effective in stabilizing electron rich species. In cAAC, one of the σ-withdrawing and π-donating nitrogen atoms of NHC is replaced by a σ-donating quaternary carbon atom leading to a lower lying LUMO. This makes the acceptance of π-back-donation from the element bound to the carbene carbon atom of cAAC energetically more advantageous. Further evidence suggests that the carbene carbon of cAAC can use the lone pair of electrons present on the adjacent nitrogen in a more controlled way depending on the accumulation of electron density on the bound metal. It has been found that cAAC can be utilized as excellent ligand for the stabilization of a complex with three coordinate metal center [(cAAC)2M(I)-Cl; M = Fe, Co, Cr]. Complex (cAAC)2M(II)Cl2 [M = Fe, Co, Cr] was prepared by reacting anhydrous M(II)Cl2 with two equiv of cAAC followed by treatment with one equiv of KC8 (reducing agent) to obtain (cAAC)2M(I)-Cl. The corresponding cation (cAAC)2M(+) was isolated when (cAAC)2M(I)-Cl was reacted with sodium-tetraarylborate (lithium) in toluene or fluorobenzene. The CV of cation (cAAC)2M(+) [M = Co, Fe] suggests that it can reversibly undergo one electron reduction. The cations of Co and Fe were reduced with Na(Hg) or KC8, respectively. (cAAC)2Co(I)Cl can be directly reduced to (cAAC)2Co(0) when reacted with one equiv of KC8. Analogous (cAAC·)2Zn(II) and (cAAC)2Mn complexes are prepared by reduction of (cAAC)MCl2 [M = Zn, Mn] with two equiv of KC8 in the presence of one equiv of cAAC. The square planar (cAAC)2NiCl2 complex was directly reduced by two equiv of LiN(iPr2) (KC8) to (cAAC)2Ni(0). The (cAAC)2Pd(0) and (cAAC)2Pt(0) complexes are prepared by substituting all four triphenylphosphines of (Ph3P)4M(0) [M = Pd, Pt] by two

  13. Homo- and Heteropolynuclear Complexes Containing Bidentate Bridging 4-Phosphino-N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligands.

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    Han, Zeyu; Bates, Joshua I; Strehl, Dominik; Patrick, Brian O; Gates, Derek P

    2016-05-16

    The abnormal reaction of phosphaalkenes with N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHC) offers a convenient method to introduce new functionality at the backbone of an NHC. The 4-phosphino-substituted NHC (1a) derived from 1,3-dimesitylimidazol-2-ylidene (IMes) and MesP═CPh2 is shown to be an effective bifunctional ligand for Au(I) and Pd(II). Several new complexes are reported: 2a: 1a·AuCCl, 3a: 1a·(AuCl)2, 4a: [(1a)2AuC]Cl, 5a: [(1a·AuPCl)2AuC]Cl], and 6a: 1a·(PdC) (AuPCl). The reaction of 4-phosphino-NHC 1b, derived from 1,3-di(cyclohexyl)imidazol-2-ylidene (ICy) and MesP═C(4-C6H4F)2, with (tht)AuCl (2 equiv, tht = tetrahydrothiophene) affords the fascinating tetranuclear 5b [(1b·AuPCl)2AuC][AuCl2]. The molecular structure of 5b features a close Au···Au contact (3.0988(4) Å) between the bis(carbene)gold(I) cation and the dichloroaurate(I) anion. The buried volumes (%Vbur) and Tolman cone angles for representative 4-phosphino-NHCs calculated from structural data are compared to related carbenes and phosphines. The molecular structures are reported for complexes 3a, 4a, 5b, and 6a. PMID:27125258

  14. Triptycene-Based Chiral and meso-N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligands and Metal Complexes.

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    Savka, Roman; Bergmann, Marvin; Kanai, Yuki; Foro, Sabine; Plenio, Herbert

    2016-07-01

    Based on 1-amino-4-hydroxy-triptycene, new saturated and unsaturated triptycene-NHC (N-heterocyclic carbene) ligands were synthesized from glyoxal-derived diimines. The respective carbenes were converted into metal complexes [(NHC)MX] (M=Cu, Ag, Au; X=Cl, Br) and [(NHC)MCl(cod)] (M=Rh, Ir; cod=1,5-cyclooctadiene) in good yields. The new azolium salts and metal complexes suffer from limited solubility in common organic solvents. Consequently, the introduction of solubilizing groups (such as 2-ethylhexyl or 1-hexyl by O-alkylation) is essential to render the complexes soluble. The triptycene unit infers special steric properties onto the metal complexes that enable the steric shielding of selected areas close to the metal center. Next, chiral and meso-triptycene based N-heterocyclic carbene ligands were prepared. The key step in the synthesis of the chiral ligand is the Buchwald-Hartwig amination of 1-bromo-4-butoxy-triptycene with (1S,2S)-1,2-diphenyl-1,2-diaminoethane, followed by cyclization to the azolinium salt with HC(OEt)3 . The analogous reaction with meso-1,2-diphenyl-1,2-diaminoethane provides the respective meso-azolinium salt. Both the chiral and meso-azolinium salts were converted into metal complexes including [(NHC)AuCl], [(NHC)RhCl(cod)], [(NHC)IrCl(cod)], and [(NHC)PdCl(allyl)]. An in situ prepared chiral copper complex was tested in the enantioselective borylation of α,β-unsaturated esters and found to give an excellent enantiomeric ratio (er close to 90:10). PMID:27295113

  15. Theoretical studies of mechanisms of cycloaddition reaction between difluoromethylene carbene and acetone

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    Lu, Xiu Hui; Yu, Hai Bin; Wu, Wei Rong; Xu, Yue Hua

    Mechanisms of the cycloaddition reaction between singlet difluoromethylene carbene and acetone have been investigated with the second-order Møller-Plesset (MP2)/6-31G* method, including geometry optimization and vibrational analysis. Energies for the involved stationary points on the potential energy surface (PES) are corrected by zero-point energy (ZPE) and CCSD(T)/6-31G* single-point calculations. From the PES obtained with the CCSD(T)//MP2/6-31G* method for the cycloaddition reaction between singlet difluoromethylene carbene and acetone, it can be predicted that path B of reactions 2 and 3 should be two competitive leading channels of the cycloaddition reaction between difluoromethylene carbene and acetone. The former consists of two steps: (i) the two reactants first form a four-membered ring intermediate, INT2, which is a barrier-free exothermic reaction of 97.8 kJ/mol; (ii) the intermediate INT2 isomerizes to a four-membered product P2b via a transition state TS2b with an energy barrier of 24.9 kJ/mol, which results from the methyl group transfer. The latter proceeds in three steps: (i) the two reactants first form an intermediate, INT1c, through a barrier-free exothermic reaction of 199.4 kJ/mol; (ii) the intermediate INT1c further reacts with acetone to form a polycyclic intermediate, INT3, which is also a barrier-free exothermic reaction of 27.4 kJ/mol; and (iii) INT3 isomerizes to a polycyclic product P3 via a transition state TS3 with an energy barrier of 25.8 kJ/mol.

  16. N-Heterocyclic Carbene Complexes of Rh: Reaction With Dioxygen Without Oxidation

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    Praetorius, J.M.; Allen, D.P.; Wang, R.; Webb, J.D.; Grein, F.; Kennepohl, P.; Crudden, C.M.

    2009-05-21

    The reaction of oxygen with rhodium complexes containing N-heterocyclic carbenes was found to give dioxygen complexes with rare square planar geometries and unusually short O-O bond lengths. Analysis of the bonding in these complexes by Rh L-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), Raman spectroscopy, and DFT calculations provides evidence for a bonding model in which singlet oxygen is bound to a Rh(I) d{sup 8} metal complex, rather than the more common Rh(III) d{sup 6} peroxo species with octahedral geometry and O-O bond lengths in the 1.4-1.5 {angstrom} range.

  17. An abnormal N-heterocyclic carbene based nickel complex for catalytic reduction of nitroarenes.

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    Vijaykumar, Gonela; Mandal, Swadhin K

    2016-05-01

    Herein we report the synthesis of a nickel(ii) dichloro complex bearing an abnormal N-heterocyclic carbene (aNHC). The NiCl2(aNHC)2 complex has been used as an efficient catalyst for the reduction of nitroarenes with hydrosilanes to give aromatic amines in good to excellent yields. This catalytic protocol can tolerate functional groups such as halides, alkenes or nitriles. Furthermore, the longevity of the catalyst was tested in successive catalytic cycles, which indicates a sustained catalytic activity over multiple catalytic cycles. PMID:27041677

  18. Anionic and zwitterionic carboranyl N-heterocyclic carbene Au(i) complexes.

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    Fisher, Steven P; El-Hellani, Ahmad; Tham, Fook S; Lavallo, Vincent

    2016-06-14

    The syntheses of the first carboranyl N-heterocyclic carbene complexes with transition metals are reported. Both unsymmetrical mono-anionic and symmetrical dianionic NHCs readily react with ClAuSMe2 to afford unusual zwitterionic and anionic Au(i) dimethyl sulfide adducts. The compounds are characterized by NMR, mass spectrometry, and single crystal X-ray diffraction studies. Percent buried volume (%Vbur) calculations indicate that replacement of an adamantyl group by a hydride substituted icosahedral carborane anion results in a 3.7% increase in %Vbur. PMID:26922968

  19. Palladium-Catalyzed Intramolecular Carbene Insertion into C(sp(3) )-H Bonds.

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    Solé, Daniel; Mariani, Francesco; Bennasar, M-Lluïsa; Fernández, Israel

    2016-05-23

    A palladium-catalyzed carbene insertion into C(sp(3) )-H bonds leading to pyrrolidines was developed. The coupling reaction can be catalyzed by both Pd(0) and Pd(II) , is regioselective, and shows a broad functional group tolerance. This reaction is the first example of palladium-catalyzed C(sp(3) )-C(sp(3) ) bond assembly starting from diazocarbonyl compounds. DFT calculations revealed that this direct C(sp(3) )-H bond functionalization reaction involves an unprecedented concerted metalation-deprotonation step. PMID:27079473

  20. Methylpalladium complexes with pyrimidine-functionalized N-heterocyclic carbene ligands

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    Meyer, Dirk

    2016-01-01

    Summary A series of methylpalladium(II) complexes with pyrimidine-NHC ligands carrying different aryl- and alkyl substituents R ([((pym)^(NHC-R))PdII(CH3)X] with X = Cl, CF3COO, CH3) has been prepared by transmetalation reactions from the corresponding silver complexes and chloro(methyl)(cyclooctadiene)palladium(II). The dimethyl(1-(2-pyrimidyl)-3-(2,6-diisopropylphenyl)imidazolin-2-ylidene)palladium(II) complex was synthesized via the free carbene route. All complexes were fully characterized by standard methods and in three cases also by a solid state structure. PMID:27559406

  1. Synthesis of cyclic carbonates from diols and CO2 catalyzed by carbenes.

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    Bobbink, Felix D; Gruszka, Weronika; Hulla, Martin; Das, Shoubhik; Dyson, Paul J

    2016-09-14

    The synthesis of cyclic carbonates from epoxides and CO2 is a well-established reaction, whereas the synthesis of cyclic carbonates from diols and CO2 is considerably more challenging, and few efficient catalysts are available. Here, we describe heterocyclic carbene catalysts, including one derived from a cheap and efficient thiazolium salt, for this latter reaction. The reaction proceeds at atmospheric pressure in the presence of an alkyl halide and Cs2CO3. Reaction mechanisms for the transformations involved are also proposed. PMID:27514459

  2. Carboxylation of terminal alkynes with CO2 using novel silver N-heterocyclic carbene complexes.

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    Li, Shanshan; Sun, Jing; Zhang, Zhizhi; Xie, Ruixia; Fang, Xiangchen; Zhou, Mingdong

    2016-06-28

    Four novel N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) silver complexes, , have been synthesized and characterized. The single X-ray crystal diffraction data indicate a dinuclear solid-state structure for and and a mononuclear structure for and . These complexes have been successfully used as efficient catalysts for the C-H activating carboxylation of terminal alkynes with CO2. A wide range of substrates with various functional groups afforded the corresponding aryl or alkyl substituted propiolic acids in good yields under mild conditions. Moreover, the role of bases and the reaction mechanism is thoroughly discussed. PMID:27263977

  3. N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Mediated Oxidative Electrosynthesis of Esters in a Microflow Cell.

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    Green, Robert A; Pletcher, Derek; Leach, Stuart G; Brown, Richard C D

    2015-07-01

    An efficient N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC)-mediated oxidative esterification of aldehydes has been achieved in an undivided microfluidic electrolysis cell at ambient temperature. Productivities of up to 4.3 g h(-1) in a single pass are demonstrated, with excellent yields and conversions for 19 examples presented. Notably, the oxidative acylation reactions were shown to proceed with a 1:1 stoichiometry of aldehyde and alcohol (for primary alcohols), with remarkably short residence times in the electrolysis cell (<13 s), and without added electrolyte. PMID:26073623

  4. Electronic spectra of linear HC5H and cumulene carbene H2C5.

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    Steglich, Mathias; Fulara, Jan; Maity, Surajit; Nagy, Adam; Maier, John P

    2015-06-28

    The 1(3)Σu (-)←X(3)Σg (-) transition of linear HC5H (A) has been observed in a neon matrix and gas phase. The assignment is based on mass-selective experiments, extrapolation of previous results of the longer HC2n+1H homologues, and density functional and multi-state CASPT2 theoretical methods. Another band system starting at 303 nm in neon is assigned as the 1(1)A1←X˜(1)A1 transition of the cumulene carbene pentatetraenylidene H2C5 (B). PMID:26133432

  5. Aminomethylation of enals through carbene and acid cooperative catalysis: concise access to β(2)-amino acids.

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    Xu, Jianfeng; Chen, Xingkuan; Wang, Ming; Zheng, Pengcheng; Song, Bao-An; Chi, Yonggui Robin

    2015-04-20

    A convergent, organocatalytic asymmetric aminomethylation of α,β-unsaturated aldehydes by N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) and (in situ generated) Brønsted acid cooperative catalysis is disclosed. The catalytically generated conjugated acid from the base plays dual roles in promoting the formation of azolium enolate intermediate, formaldehyde-derived iminium ion (as an electrophilic reactant), and methanol (as a nucleophilic reactant). This redox-neutral strategy is suitable for the scalable synthesis of enantiomerically enriched β(2) -amino acids bearing various substituents. PMID:25735973

  6. Oxygenation of ruthenium carbene complexes containing naphthothiophene or naphthofuran: spectroscopic and DFT studies.

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    Tsai, Fu-Yuan; Lo, Ji-Xian; Hsu, Hsin-Tzu; Lin, Ying-Chih; Huang, Shou-Ling; Wang, Ju-Chun; Liu, Yi-Hong

    2013-11-01

    The aryl propargylic alcohol 1-[2-(thiophen-3-yl)phenyl]prop-2-yn-1-ol (1a) is readily prepared from 2-(thiophen-3-yl)benzaldehyde. In the presence of visible light, treatment of 1a with one-half mole equivalent of [Ru]Cl ([Ru]=Cp(dppe)Ru) (dppe=1,2-bis(diphenylphosphino)ethane) and NH4PF6 in O2 affords the naphtha[2,1-b]thiophene-4-carbaldehyde (4a) in high yields. The cyclization reaction of 1a proceeds through the formation of the carbene complex 2a that contains the naphtha[2,1-b]thiophene ring, which is isolated in a 1:1 stoichiometric reaction. The C-C bond formation between the inner carbon of the terminal triple bond and the heterocyclic ring is confirmed by structure determination of 2a using single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. Facile oxygenation of 2a by O2 yields the aldehyde product 4a accompanied by the formation of phosphine oxide of dppe. Oxygen is most likely activated by coordination to the ruthenium center when one PPh2 unit of the dppe ligand dissociates. This dissociated PPh2 unit then reacts with the coordinated oxygen nearby to generate half-oxidized dppe ligand and an unobserved oxo-carbene intermediate. Coupling of the oxo/carbene ligands followed by demetalation then yields 4a. Presumably the resulting complex with the half-oxidized dppe ligand continuously promotes cyclization/oxygenation of 1a to yield the second aldehyde molecule. In alcohol such as MeOH or EtOH, the oxygenation reaction affords a mixture of 4a and the corresponding esters 5a or 5a'. Four other aryl propargylic alcohols 1b-e, which contain thiophen-2-yl, isopropenyl, fur-3-yl, and fur-2-yl, respectively, on the aryl ring are also prepared. Analogous aldehydes 4b-e are similarly prepared from 1b-e, respectively. For oxygenations of 1b, 1d, and 1e in alcohol, mixtures of aldehyde 4, ester 5, and acetal 8 are obtained. The carbene complex 2b obtained from 1b was also characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The UV/Vis spectra of 2a and 2b consist

  7. Enantioselective conjugate addition of alkylboranes catalyzed by a copper-N-heterocyclic carbene complex.

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    Yoshida, Mika; Ohmiya, Hirohisa; Sawamura, Masaya

    2012-07-25

    The first catalytic enantioselective conjugate addition of alkylboron compounds has been achieved. Reactions between alkylboranes and imidazol-2-yl α,β-unsaturated ketones proceeded with high enantioselectivity under the influence of a Cu(I) catalyst system, prepared in situ from CuCl, a new chiral imidazolium salt as a precursor for the N-heterocyclic carbene ligand, and PhOK. Alkylboranes are widely obtained via alkene hydroboration. A variety of functional groups are tolerated in alkylboranes and α,β-unsaturated ketones. PMID:22746339

  8. Enantioselective C-H carbene insertions with homogeneous and immobilized copper complexes.

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    Fraile, José M; López-Ram-de-Viu, Pilar; Mayoral, José A; Roldán, Marta; Santafé-Valero, Jorge

    2011-09-01

    The efficiency of chiral bis(oxazoline)- and azabis(oxazoline)-copper complexes in the enantioselective carbene insertion into C-H bonds of cyclic ethers in homogeneous phase strongly depends on the structure of the substrate. The immobilization on laponite clay by electrostatic interactions not only allows the recovery and reuse of the heterogeneous catalysts, but in some cases also improves enantioselectivity and overall chemoselectivity, making possible reactions that do not take place or lead to low yields in solution, even with the commonly used Rh(2)[S-DOSP](4) catalyst. PMID:21750830

  9. A Ruthenium Catalyst for Olefin Metathesis Featuring an Anti-Bredt N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligand

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    Martin, David; Marx, Vanessa M.

    2016-01-01

    A ruthenium complex bearing an “anti-Bredt” N-heterocyclic carbene was synthesized, characterized and evaluated as a catalyst for olefin metathesis. Good conversions were observed at room temperature for the formation of di- and tri-substituted olefins by ring-closing metathesis. It also allowed for the ring-opening metathesis polymerization of cyclooctadiene, as well as for the cross-metathesis of cis-1,4-diacetoxy-2-butene with allyl-benzene, with enhanced Z/E kinetic selectivity over classical NHC-based catalysts.

  10. Enantioselective Intramolecular C-H Insertion of Donor and Donor/Donor Carbenes by a Nondiazo Approach.

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    Zhu, Dong; Ma, Jun; Luo, Kui; Fu, Hongguang; Zhang, Li; Zhu, Shifa

    2016-07-11

    The first enantioselective intramolecular C-H insertion and cyclopropanation reactions of donor- and donor/donor-carbenes by a nondiazo approach are reported. The reactions were conducted in a one-pot manner without slow addition and provided the desired dihydroindole, dihydrobenzofuran, tetrahydrofuran, and tetrahydropyrrole derivatives with up to 99 % ee and 100 % atom efficiency. PMID:27265896

  11. Synthesis of phenanthrene derivatives through the net [5+5]-cycloaddition of prenylated carbene complexes with 2-alkynylbenzaldehyde derivatives

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    Menon, Suneetha; Sinha-Mahapatra, Dilip

    2007-01-01

    The reaction of prenylated carbene complexes and 2-alkynylbenzoyl derivatives has been investigated. Phenanthrene derivatives are produced if iodine is added prior to product isolation. Under these conditions alkyl migration reactions occur to form the observed products. The product yields are considerably higher using bis(prenylated) species owing to an increase in the effective molarity of dienophilic entities. PMID:18769535

  12. Reactivity studies of pincer bis-protic N-heterocyclic carbene complexes of platinum and palladium under basic conditions

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    Marelius, David C; Moore, Curtis E; Rheingold, Arnold L

    2016-01-01

    Summary Bis-protic N-heterocyclic carbene complexes of platinum and palladium (4) yield dimeric structures 6 when treated with sodium tert-butoxide in CH2Cl2. The use of a more polar solvent (THF) and a strong base (LiN(iPr)2) gave the lithium chloride adducts monobasic complex 7 or analogous dibasic complex 8. PMID:27559382

  13. Reactivity studies of pincer bis-protic N-heterocyclic carbene complexes of platinum and palladium under basic conditions.

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    Marelius, David C; Moore, Curtis E; Rheingold, Arnold L; Grotjahn, Douglas B

    2016-01-01

    Bis-protic N-heterocyclic carbene complexes of platinum and palladium (4) yield dimeric structures 6 when treated with sodium tert-butoxide in CH2Cl2. The use of a more polar solvent (THF) and a strong base (LiN(iPr)2) gave the lithium chloride adducts monobasic complex 7 or analogous dibasic complex 8. PMID:27559382

  14. Atmospheric Hydrogenation of Esters Catalyzed by PNP-Ruthenium Complexes with an N-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligand.

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    Ogata, Osamu; Nakayama, Yuji; Nara, Hideki; Fujiwhara, Mitsuhiko; Kayaki, Yoshihito

    2016-08-01

    New pincer ruthenium complexes bearing a monodentate N-heterocyclic carbene ligand were synthesized and demonstrated as powerful hydrogenation catalysts. With an atmospheric pressure of hydrogen gas, aromatic, heteroaromatic, and aliphatic esters as well as lactones were converted into the corresponding alcohols at 50 °C. This reaction protocol offers reliable access to alcohols using an easy operational setup. PMID:27439106

  15. Optimized Syntheses of Cyclopentadienyl Nickel Chloride Compounds Containing "N"-Heterocyclic Carbene Ligands for Short Laboratory Periods

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    Cooke, Jason; Lightbody, Owen C.

    2011-01-01

    Experiments are described for the preparation of imidazolium chloride precursors to "N"-heterocyclic carbenes and their cyclopentadienyl nickel chloride derivatives. The syntheses have been optimized for second- and third-year undergraduate laboratories that have a maximum programmed length of three hours per week. The experiments are flexible and…

  16. Auranofin and N-heterocyclic carbene gold-analogs are potent inhibitors of the bacteria Helicobacter pylori.

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    Owings, Joshua P; McNair, Nina N; Mui, Yiu Fung; Gustafsson, Tomas N; Holmgren, Arne; Contel, Maria; Goldberg, Joanna B; Mead, Jan R

    2016-07-01

    Auranofin is an FDA-approved gold-containing compound used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Recent reports of antimicrobial activity against protozoa and bacteria indicate that auranofin targets the reductive enzyme thioredoxin reductase (TrxR). We evaluated auranofin as well as five auranofin analogs containing N-heterocyclic carbenes (instead of the triethylphosphane present in auranofin) and five gold-carbene controls for their ability to inhibit or kill Helicobacter pylori in vitro Auranofin completely inhibited bacterial growth at 1.2 μM. Purified H. pylori TrxR was inhibited by auranofin in a cell-free assay (IC50 ∼88 nM). The most active gold(I)-N-heterocyclic carbene compounds exhibited MICs comparable to auranofin against H. pylori (2 μM), while also exhibiting lower toxicities for human embryonic kidney cells (HEK-293T cells). Median toxic concentrations (TC50) were 13-20-fold higher compared to auranofin indicating that they were less cytotoxic. The N-heterocyclic carbene analogs maybe well tolerated, but further evaluation is needed in vivo Finally, auranofin was synergistic with the antibiotic amoxicillin, suggesting that targeting both the reductive enzyme TrxR and cell wall synthesis may be effective against H. pylori infections. PMID:27279627

  17. Formation of Ruthenium Carbenes by gem‐Hydrogen Transfer to Internal Alkynes: Implications for Alkyne trans‐Hydrogenation

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    Leutzsch, Markus; Wolf, Larry M.; Gupta, Puneet; Fuchs, Michael; Thiel, Walter; Farès, Christophe

    2015-01-01

    Abstract Insights into the mechanism of the unusual trans‐hydrogenation of internal alkynes catalyzed by {Cp*Ru} complexes were gained by para‐hydrogen (p‐H2) induced polarization (PHIP) transfer NMR spectroscopy. It was found that the productive trans‐reduction competes with a pathway in which both H atoms of H2 are delivered to a single alkyne C atom of the substrate while the second alkyne C atom is converted into a metal carbene. This “geminal hydrogenation” mode seems unprecedented; it was independently confirmed by the isolation and structural characterization of a ruthenium carbene complex stabilized by secondary inter‐ligand interactions. A detailed DFT study shows that the trans alkene and the carbene complex originate from a common metallacyclopropene intermediate. Furthermore, the computational analysis and the PHIP NMR data concur in that the metal carbene is the major gateway to olefin isomerization and over‐reduction, which frequently interfere with regular alkyne trans‐hydrogenation. PMID:27478268

  18. Formation of Ruthenium Carbenes by gem-Hydrogen Transfer to Internal Alkynes: Implications for Alkyne trans-Hydrogenation

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    Leutzsch, Markus; Wolf, Larry M; Gupta, Puneet; Fuchs, Michael; Thiel, Walter; Farès, Christophe; Fürstner, Alois

    2015-01-01

    Insights into the mechanism of the unusual trans-hydrogenation of internal alkynes catalyzed by {Cp*Ru} complexes were gained by para-hydrogen (p-H2) induced polarization (PHIP) transfer NMR spectroscopy. It was found that the productive trans-reduction competes with a pathway in which both H atoms of H2 are delivered to a single alkyne C atom of the substrate while the second alkyne C atom is converted into a metal carbene. This “geminal hydrogenation” mode seems unprecedented; it was independently confirmed by the isolation and structural characterization of a ruthenium carbene complex stabilized by secondary inter-ligand interactions. A detailed DFT study shows that the trans alkene and the carbene complex originate from a common metallacyclopropene intermediate. Furthermore, the computational analysis and the PHIP NMR data concur in that the metal carbene is the major gateway to olefin isomerization and over-reduction, which frequently interfere with regular alkyne trans-hydrogenation. PMID:26332643

  19. Pd-N-Heterocyclic Carbene (NHC) Organic Silica: Synthesis and Application in Carbon-Carbon Coupling Reactions

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    The first Pd-N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) complex in the form of organic silica was prepared using sol-gel method and its application in Heck and Suzuki reaction were demonstrated. These C-C coupling reactions proceeded efficiently under the influence of microwave irradiation, wi...

  20. Theoretical tools to distinguish O-ylides from O-ylidic complexes in carbene-solvent interactions.

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    Gómez, Sara; Restrepo, Albeiro; Hadad, C Z

    2015-12-21

    In this paper, we report the geometries and properties of 48 molecular species located on the MP2/6-311++G(d,p) PES of the fluorocarbene-(methanol)3 system. The structures were found by a combination of a stochastic search method, using a modified Metropolis acceptance test, and some hand constructed very symmetrical structures. We use several theoretical descriptors to categorize these species, focusing our attention on the interaction between the carbene carbon and the methanol oxygen, CcO, because this is the key interaction in the formation of O-ylides, ether products, and O-ylidic solvation complexes. These descriptors include natural charges and natural bond orbitals (NBO), CcO bond orders, CcO distances, energetic stabilities, and properties at bond critical points. Accordingly, the isomers were divided into four groups: ethers, fluorocarbene-methanol O-ylides, O-ylidic carbene-solvent complexes and hydrogen bonded carbene-solvent complexes. We found that the possibility of forming H-bonds among solvent molecules and between the carbene carbon and the hydrogen of the solvent molecule affects the stability, structure and nature of CcO interactions in O-ylides and O-ylidic complexes to the point of generating some diffuse borderlines between these two kinds of species. We determined which set of theoretical tools is suitable to better distinguish between them. Additionally, we clarify the nature of the relevant interactions in these species. PMID:26568481

  1. Tethered N-heterocyclic carbene-carboranes: unique ligands that exhibit unprecedented and versatile coordination modes at rhodium.

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    Holmes, Jordan; Pask, Christopher M; Fox, Mark A; Willans, Charlotte E

    2016-05-11

    Four brand new hybrid ligands combining an N-heterocyclic carbene tethered with two isomeric nido-dicarbaundecaborane dianions, a neutral closo-dicarbadodecaborane or a closo-dicarbadodecaborane anion are described. Versatile coordination of the ligands to Rh(I) is demonstrated, in which both NHC and carborane moieties covalently coordinate a metal centre. PMID:27098432

  2. Transition metal-free generation of the acceptor/acceptor-carbene viaα-elimination: synthesis of fluoroacetyl cyclopropanes.

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    Wang, Yongdong; Han, Jing; Chen, Jie; Cao, Weiguo

    2016-05-21

    An efficient transition metal-free approach for the generation of acceptor/acceptor-carbene followed by trapping with alkenes to provide fluoroacetyl cyclopropanes has been described. The resulting cyclopropanes could be further converted into the fluoromethyl dihydrofurans or fluorodihydropyrroles through ring-expansion processes. PMID:27125517

  3. On the mechanism of imine elimination from Fischer tungsten carbene complexes.

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    Veit, Philipp; Förster, Christoph; Heinze, Katja

    2016-01-01

    (Aminoferrocenyl)(ferrocenyl)carbene(pentacarbonyl)tungsten(0) (CO)5W=C(NHFc)Fc (W(CO) 5 ( E -2)) is synthesized by nucleophilic substitution of the ethoxy group of (CO)5W=C(OEt)Fc (M(CO) 5 (1 (Et) )) by ferrocenyl amide Fc-NH(-) (Fc = ferrocenyl). W(CO) 5 ( E -2) thermally and photochemically eliminates bulky E-1,2-diferrocenylimine ( E -3) via a formal 1,2-H shift from the N to the carbene C atom. Kinetic and mechanistic studies to the formation of imine E -3 are performed by NMR, IR and UV-vis spectroscopy and liquid injection field desorption ionization (LIFDI) mass spectrometry as well as by trapping experiments for low-coordinate tungsten complexes with triphenylphosphane. W(CO) 5 ( E -2) decays thermally in a first-order rate-law with a Gibbs free energy of activation of ΔG (‡) 298K = 112 kJ mol(-1). Three proposed mechanistic pathways are taken into account and supported by detailed (time-dependent) densitiy functional theory [(TD)-DFT] calculations. The preferred pathway is initiated by an irreversible CO dissociation, followed by an oxidative addition/pseudorotation/reductive elimination pathway with short-lived, elusive seven-coordinate hydrido tungsten(II) intermediates cis (N,H)-W(CO) 4 (H)( Z -15) and cis (C,H)-W(CO) 4 (H)( Z -15). PMID:27559381

  4. On the mechanism of imine elimination from Fischer tungsten carbene complexes

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    Veit, Philipp

    2016-01-01

    Summary (Aminoferrocenyl)(ferrocenyl)carbene(pentacarbonyl)tungsten(0) (CO)5W=C(NHFc)Fc (W(CO) 5 ( E -2)) is synthesized by nucleophilic substitution of the ethoxy group of (CO)5W=C(OEt)Fc (M(CO) 5 (1 Et )) by ferrocenyl amide Fc-NH– (Fc = ferrocenyl). W(CO) 5 ( E -2) thermally and photochemically eliminates bulky E-1,2-diferrocenylimine (E -3) via a formal 1,2-H shift from the N to the carbene C atom. Kinetic and mechanistic studies to the formation of imine E -3 are performed by NMR, IR and UV–vis spectroscopy and liquid injection field desorption ionization (LIFDI) mass spectrometry as well as by trapping experiments for low-coordinate tungsten complexes with triphenylphosphane. W(CO) 5 ( E -2) decays thermally in a first-order rate-law with a Gibbs free energy of activation of ΔG ‡ 298K = 112 kJ mol−1. Three proposed mechanistic pathways are taken into account and supported by detailed (time-dependent) densitiy functional theory [(TD)-DFT] calculations. The preferred pathway is initiated by an irreversible CO dissociation, followed by an oxidative addition/pseudorotation/reductive elimination pathway with short-lived, elusive seven-coordinate hydrido tungsten(II) intermediates cis (N,H)-W(CO) 4 (H)( Z -15) and cis (C,H)-W(CO) 4 (H)( Z -15). PMID:27559381

  5. First N-Heterocyclic Carbenes Relying on the Triazolone Structural Motif: Syntheses, Modifications and Reactivity.

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    Jonek, Markus; Diekmann, Janina; Ganter, Christian

    2015-10-26

    4-Phenylsemicarbazide and 1,5-diphenylcarbazide are suitable starting materials for the syntheses of N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) compounds with new backbone structures. In the first case, cyclisation and subsequent methylation leads to a cationic precursor whose deprotonation affords the triazolon-ylidene 2, which was converted to the corresponding sulfur and selenium adducts and a range of metal complexes. In contrast, cyclisation of diphenylcarbazide affords a neutral betain-type NHC-precursor 7, which is not in equilibrium with its carbene tautomer 7a. Precursor 7 can either be deprotonated to give the anionic NHC 8 or methylated at the N or O atom of the backbone resulting in two isomeric cationic species 16 and 20. Deprotonation of the latter two provides neutral NHC compounds with a carboxamide or carboximidate backbone, respectively. The ligand properties of the new NHC compounds were evaluated by IR and (77) Se NMR spectroscopy. Tolman electronic parameter (TEP) values range from 2050 to 2063 cm(-1) with the anionic NHC 8 being the best overall donor. PMID:26395132

  6. Asymmetric intramolecular α-cyclopropanation of aldehydes using a donor/acceptor carbene mimetic.

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    Luo, Chaosheng; Wang, Zhen; Huang, Yong

    2015-01-01

    Enantioselective α-alkylation of carbonyl is considered as one of the most important processes for asymmetric synthesis. Common alkylation agents, that is, alkyl halides, are notorious substrates for both Lewis acids and organocatalysts. Recently, olefins emerged as a benign alkylating species via photo/radical mechanisms. However, examples of enantioselective alkylation of aldehydes/ketones are scarce and direct asymmetric dialkylation remains elusive. Here we report an intramolecular α-cyclopropanation reaction of olefinic aldehydes to form chiral cyclopropane aldehydes. We demonstrate that an α-iodo aldehyde can function as a donor/acceptor carbene equivalent, which engages in a formal [2+1] annulation with a tethered double bond. Privileged bicyclo[3.1.0]hexane-type scaffolds are prepared in good optical purity using a chiral amine. The synthetic utility of the products is demonstrated by versatile transformations of the bridgehead formyl functionality. We expect the concept of using α-iodo iminium as a donor/acceptor carbene surrogate will find wide applications in chemical reaction development. PMID:26644194

  7. Catalytic Transfer Hydrogenation with a Methandiide-Based Carbene Complex: An Experimental and Computational Study.

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    Weismann, Julia; Gessner, Viktoria H

    2015-11-01

    The transfer hydrogenation (TH) reaction of ketones with catalytic systems based on a methandiide-derived ruthenium carbene complex was investigated and optimised. The complex itself makes use of the noninnocent behaviour of the carbene ligand (M=CR2 →MH-C(H)R2 ), but showed only moderate activity, thus requiring long reaction times to achieve sufficient conversion. DFT studies on the reaction mechanism revealed high reaction barriers for both the dehydrogenation of iPrOH and the hydrogen transfer. A considerable improvement of the catalytic activity could be achieved by employing triphenylphosphine as additive. Mechanistic studies on the role of PPh3 in the catalytic cycle revealed the formation of a cyclometalated complex upon phosphine coordination. This ruthenacycle was revealed to be the active species under the reaction conditions. The use of the isolated complex resulted in high catalytic activities in the TH of aromatic as well as aliphatic ketones. The complex was also found to be active under base-free conditions, suggesting that the cyclometalation is crucial for the enhanced activity. PMID:26403918

  8. Surface Characterization and in situ Protein Adsorption Studies on Carbene-Modified Polymers.

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    Nelson, Geoffrey W; Parker, Emily M; Singh, Kulveer; Blanford, Christopher F; Moloney, Mark G; Foord, John S

    2015-10-13

    Polystyrene thin films were functionalized using a facile two-step chemical protocol involving carbene insertion followed by azo-coupling, permitting the introduction of a range of chemical functional groups, including aniline, hexyl, amine, carboxyl, phenyl, phosphonate diester, and ethylene glycol. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) confirmed the success of the two-step chemical modification with a grafting density of at least 1/10th of the typical loading density (10(14)-10(15)) of a self-assembled monolayer (SAM). In situ, real-time quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D) studies show that the dynamics of binding of bovine serum albumin (BSA) are different at each modified surface. Mass, viscoelastic, and kinetic data were analyzed, and compared to cheminformatic descriptors (i.e., c log P, polar surface area) typically used for drug discovery. Results show that functionalities may either resist or adsorb BSA, and uniquely influence its adsorption dynamics. It is concluded that carbene-based surface modification can usefully influence BSA binding dynamics in a manner consistent with, and more robust than, traditional systems based on SAM chemistry. PMID:26391812

  9. Dinuclear gold(I) complexes of bridging bidentate carbene ligands: synthesis, structure and spectroscopic characterisation.

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    Barnard, Peter J; Baker, Murray V; Berners-Price, Susan J; Skelton, Brian W; White, Allan H

    2004-04-01

    Eight dinuclear Au(i)-carbene complexes have been synthesized from various imidazolium-linked cyclophanes and related acyclic bis(imidazolium) salts, by treatment of the imidazolium salts with [Au(i)(SMe(2))Cl] in the presence of a carboxylate base. Single crystal structural studies showed that the Au(i)-carbene compounds contain dinuclear (AuL)(2) cations in which a pair of gold(i) centres are linked by a pair of bridging dicarbenoid ligands. Interestingly, the structural studies revealed short AuAu contacts of 3.0485(3)[Angstrom] and 3.5425(6)[Angstrom] in two of these complexes. NMR studies showed that the (AuL)(2) cations constructed from the cyclophane-based ligands retain a relatively rigid structure in solution, whilst those of the non-cyclophane ligand systems are fluxional in solution. The electronic absorption and emission spectra of the complexes in solution at room temperature were recorded and the complex with the shortest AuAu contact was found to emit intensely at 400 nm and more weakly at 780 nm upon excitation at 260 nm. The compounds with longer AuAu separations were not emissive under these conditions. PMID:15252682

  10. Stretch Out or Fold Back? Conformations of Dinuclear Gold(I) N-Heterocyclic Carbene Macrocycles.

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    Kobialka, Stefanie; Müller-Tautges, Christina; Schmidt, Melanie T S; Schnakenburg, Gregor; Hollóczki, Oldamur; Kirchner, Barbara; Engeser, Marianne

    2015-07-01

    We report the synthesis and characterization of 12 new dinuclear gold(I) N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) complexes and the corresponding imidazolium precursors. The focus lies in a systematic study of conformational changes and intra- and intermolecular gold-gold and π-π interactions of dinuclear gold(I) carbene complexes. Common to all members of the series of gold macrocycles are NHC ligands on the basis of imidazole with ethyl side chains and bromide as well as hexafluorophosphate counterions, respectively. The compounds vary in the length of a flexible alkyl linker between the NHC units. For the methylene and ethylene bridged macrocycles, a ring inversion movement can be observed by VT-NMR. In total, 11 molecular structures have been characterized by X-ray diffraction. Open ring conformations with intermolecular π-π and Au-Au interactions prevail, but a backfolded conformation with a short intramolecular Au-Au distance has been found for the ethylene-bridged species. The presence of Au-Au interactions could be proven by quantum chemical calculations. PMID:26087332

  11. Asymmetric intramolecular α-cyclopropanation of aldehydes using a donor/acceptor carbene mimetic

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    Luo, Chaosheng; Wang, Zhen; Huang, Yong

    2015-01-01

    Enantioselective α-alkylation of carbonyl is considered as one of the most important processes for asymmetric synthesis. Common alkylation agents, that is, alkyl halides, are notorious substrates for both Lewis acids and organocatalysts. Recently, olefins emerged as a benign alkylating species via photo/radical mechanisms. However, examples of enantioselective alkylation of aldehydes/ketones are scarce and direct asymmetric dialkylation remains elusive. Here we report an intramolecular α-cyclopropanation reaction of olefinic aldehydes to form chiral cyclopropane aldehydes. We demonstrate that an α-iodo aldehyde can function as a donor/acceptor carbene equivalent, which engages in a formal [2+1] annulation with a tethered double bond. Privileged bicyclo[3.1.0]hexane-type scaffolds are prepared in good optical purity using a chiral amine. The synthetic utility of the products is demonstrated by versatile transformations of the bridgehead formyl functionality. We expect the concept of using α-iodo iminium as a donor/acceptor carbene surrogate will find wide applications in chemical reaction development. PMID:26644194

  12. Thermally Stable, Latent Olefin Metathesis Catalysts.

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    Thomas, Renee M; Fedorov, Alexey; Keitz, Benjamin K; Grubbs, Robert H

    2011-12-26

    Highly thermally stable N-aryl,N-alkyl N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ruthenium catalysts were designed and synthesized for latent olefin metathesis. These catalysts showed excellent latent behavior toward metathesis reactions, whereby the complexes were inactive at ambient temperature and initiated at elevated temperatures, a challenging property to achieve with second generation catalysts. A sterically hindered N-tert-butyl substituent on the NHC ligand of the ruthenium complex was found to induce latent behavior toward cross-metathesis reactions, and exchange of the chloride ligands for iodide ligands was necessary to attain latent behavior during ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP). Iodide-based catalysts showed no reactivity toward ROMP of norbornene-derived monomers at 25 °C, and upon heating to 85 °C gave complete conversion of monomer to polymer in less than 2 hours. All of the complexes were very stable to air, moisture, and elevated temperatures up to at least 90 °C, and exhibited a long catalyst lifetime in solution at elevated temperatures. PMID:22282652

  13. Rhenium(I)-Catalyzed Generation of α,β-Unsaturated Carbene Complex Intermediates from Propargyl Ethers for the Preparation of Cycloheptadiene Derivatives.

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    Sogo, Hideyuki; Iwasawa, Nobuharu

    2016-08-16

    The rhenium(I)-catalyzed generation of α,β-unsaturated carbene complex intermediates from easily available propargyl ethers was achieved for the concise construction of cycloheptadiene derivatives through the formal [4+3] cycloaddition reaction with siloxydienes. PMID:27391557

  14. N-Heterocyclic carbene-catalyzed [3 + 2] annulation of bromoenals with 3-aminooxindoles: highly enantioselective synthesis of spirocyclic oxindolo-γ-lactams.

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    Chen, Kun-Quan; Li, Yao; Zhang, Chun-Lin; Sun, De-Qun; Ye, Song

    2016-02-14

    The chiral N-heterocyclic carbene-catalyzed [3 + 2] annulation of α-bromoenals and 3-aminooxindoles was developed, giving the corresponding spirocyclic oxindolo-γ-lactams in good yields with high diastereoselectivities and enantioselectivities. PMID:26755065

  15. Toward new organometallic architectures: synthesis of carbene-centered rhodium and palladium bisphosphine complexes. stability and reactivity of [PC(BIm)PRh(L)][PF6] pincers.

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    Plikhta, Andriy; Pöthig, Alexander; Herdtweck, Eberhardt; Rieger, Bernhard

    2015-10-01

    In this article, we report the synthesis of a tridentate carbene-centered bisphosphine ligand precursor and its complexes. The developed four-step synthetic strategy of a new PC(BIm)P pincer ligand represents the derivatization of benzimidazole in the first and third positions by (diphenylphosphoryl)methylene synthone, followed by phosphine deprotection and subsequent insertion of a noncoordinating anion. The obtained ligand precursor undergoes complexation, with PdCl2 and [μ-OCH3Rh(COD)]2 smoothly forming the target organometallics [PC(BIm)PPdCl][PF6] and [PC(BIm)PRh(L)][PF6] under mild hydrogenation conditions. A more detailed study of the rhodium complexes [PC(BIm)PRh(L)][PF6] reveals significant thermal stability of the PC(BIm)PRh moiety in the solid state as well as in solution. The chemical behavior of 1,3-bis(diphenylphosphinomethylene)benzimidazol-2-ylrhodium acetonitrile hexafluorophosphate has been screened under decarbonylation, hydrogenation, and hydroboration reaction conditions. Thus, the PC(BIm)PRh(I) complex is a sufficiently stable compound, with the potential to be applied in catalysis. PMID:26390389

  16. Chelating bis-N-heterocyclic carbene complexes of iron(ii) containing bipyridyl ligands as catalyst precursors for oxidation of alcohols.

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    Pinto, Mara F; Cardoso, Bernardo de P; Barroso, Sónia; Martins, Ana M; Royo, Beatriz

    2016-09-14

    Chelating bis-N-heterocyclic carbene (bis-NHC) complexes of iron(ii) containing pyridyl ligands have been prepared by the reaction of [FeCl2L] [L = bipy (1), phen (2)] with [LiN(SiMe3)2] and a bis(imidazolium) salt. The [Fe(bis-NHC)L(I)2] complexes were active pre-catalysts in the oxidation of 1-phenylethanol with tert-butyl hydroperoxide in neat conditions, affording a quantitative yield of acetophenone in 4.5 h. The catalyst could be reused up to six cycles giving a turnover number (TON) of 1500. Various secondary alcohols, both aromatic and aliphatic were selectivity oxidised to the corresponding ketones in excellent yields. Compound 1 is stable in acetonitrile solution for ca. 4 h, although after 16 h, it evolves to a mixture of [Fe(bis-NHC)(bipy)2]I2 (3), [Fe(bipy)3](2+) and bis-imidazolium salt. The molecular structure of 3 has been determined by X-ray diffraction studies. PMID:27506414

  17. Stable compactifications

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    Accetta, F.S.; Gleiser, M.; Holman, R.; Kolb, E.W.

    1986-03-01

    We show that compactifications of theories with extra dimensions are unstable if due to monopole configurations of an antisymmetric tensor field balanced against one-loop Casimir corrections. In the case of ten dimensional supergravity, it is possible, at least for a portion of the phase space, to achieve a stable compactification without fine-tuning by including the contribution of fermionic condensates to the monopole configurations. 23 refs., 2 figs.

  18. Tip-induced gating of molecular levels in carbene-based junctions.

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    Foti, Giuseppe; Vázquez, Héctor

    2016-03-29

    We study the conductance of N-heterocyclic carbene-based (NHC) molecules on gold by means of first-principles calculations based on density-functional theory and non-equilibrium Green's functions. We consider several tip structures and find a strong dependence of the position of the NHC molecular levels with the atomistic structure of the tip. The position of the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) can change by almost 0.8 eV with tip shape. Through an analysis of the net charge transfer, electron redistribution and work function for each tip structure, we rationalize the LUMO shifts in terms of the sum of the work function and the maximum electrostatic potential arising from charge rearrangement. These differences in the LUMO position, effectively gating the molecular levels, result in large conductance variations. These findings open the way to modulating the conductance of NHC-based molecular circuits through the controlled design of the tip atomistic structure. PMID:26891059

  19. Alkylfluorenyl substituted N-heterocyclic carbenes in copper(I) catalysed hydrosilylation of aldehydes and ketones.

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    Teci, Matthieu; Lentz, Nicolas; Brenner, Eric; Matt, Dominique; Toupet, Loïc

    2015-08-21

    Copper(i) complexes featuring N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) in which the nitrogen atoms are substituted by a 9-ethyl-9-fluorenyl group (EF) have been synthesised and tested in the hydrosylilation of functionalized and/or sterically demanding ketones and aldehydes. These reactions, carried out with triethylsilane as hydride source, were best achieved with the imidazolylidene copper complex in which the EF substituents can freely rotate about the corresponding N-CEF bonds. The remarkable stability of the active species, which surpasses that of previously reported Cu-NHC catalysts is likely to rely on the ability of the NHC side arms to protect the copper centre during the catalytic cycle by forming sandwich-like intermediates, but also on its steric flexibility facilitating approach of encumbered substrates. TONs up to 1000 were reached. PMID:26162019

  20. Tuning the electronic and ligand properties of remote carbenes: a theoretical study.

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    Borthakur, Bitupon; Rahman, Taskia; Phukan, Ashwini K

    2014-11-21

    The effect of annulation and carbonylation on the electronic and ligating properties of remote N-heterocyclic carbenes (rNHCs) has been studied quantum-chemically. The thermodynamic stability of these complexes has been assessed on the basis of their hydrogenation and stabilization energies, while HOMO-LUMO gaps are used to measure the kinetic stabilities. Annulated/carbonylated rNHCs are found to be weaker σ donors but better π acceptors compared with the parent rNHCs. The reactivity of these rNHCs has been studied by evaluating their nucleophilicity and electrophilicity indices. The nucleophilicity values are in good agreement with the σ basicities of all of the rNHCs. The (31)P NMR chemical shifts of the corresponding rNHC-phosphinidene adducts have been calculated and found to correlate well with the π acidities of these rNHCs. PMID:25340967

  1. An unconventional halogen bond with carbene as an electron donor: An ab initio study

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    Li, Qingzhong; Wang, Yilei; Liu, Zhenbo; Li, Wenzuo; Cheng, Jianbo; Gong, Baoan; Sun, Jiazhong

    2009-02-01

    An unconventional halogen bond has been proved to exist in H2C-BrH complex. The halogen bond energy of H2C-BrH complex is calculated at four levels of theory [MP2, MP4, CCSD, and CCSD(T)]. The result shows that the carbene is a better electron donor. The substitution effect is prominent in this interaction. For example, the interaction energy in H2C-BrCN complex is increased by more than 300% relative to H2C-BrH complex. The analyses of NBO, AIM, and energy components were used to unveil the nature of the interaction. The results show that this novel halogen bond has similar characteristics to hydrogen bonds.

  2. Evidence for the cyclic CN2 carbene in the gas phase.

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    Hanzlová, Eva; Váňa, Jiří; Shaffer, Christopher J; Roithová, Jana; Martinů, Tomáš

    2014-10-17

    3-Halodiazirine-3-carboxylic acids (c-CN2XCOOH, X = Cl or Br) were prepared from their esters and converted to the corresponding sodium salts. Collision-induced dissociation (CID) of the carboxylate ions led exclusively to the loss of CO2 and the resulting c-CN2X(-) ions dissociated to c-CN2 carbene at low energies. The bond dissociation energy (BDE) for c-CN2Br(-) was found to be less than 8 kcal/mol using CID of the anion generated by electrospray ionization of the carboxylate. The analogous difluoro system (CF2XCOOH/CF2X(-)/CF2) exhibits similar dissociative behavior. All experimental BDEs are in very good agreement with MP4/aug-cc-pVTZ calculations. PMID:25296289

  3. Tip-induced gating of molecular levels in carbene-based junctions

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    Foti, Giuseppe; Vázquez, Héctor

    2016-03-01

    We study the conductance of N-heterocyclic carbene-based (NHC) molecules on gold by means of first-principles calculations based on density-functional theory and non-equilibrium Green’s functions. We consider several tip structures and find a strong dependence of the position of the NHC molecular levels with the atomistic structure of the tip. The position of the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) can change by almost 0.8 eV with tip shape. Through an analysis of the net charge transfer, electron redistribution and work function for each tip structure, we rationalize the LUMO shifts in terms of the sum of the work function and the maximum electrostatic potential arising from charge rearrangement. These differences in the LUMO position, effectively gating the molecular levels, result in large conductance variations. These findings open the way to modulating the conductance of NHC-based molecular circuits through the controlled design of the tip atomistic structure.

  4. Silver-catalyzed silicon-hydrogen bond functionalization by carbene insertion.

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    Iglesias, M José; Nicasio, M Carmen; Caballero, Ana; Pérez, Pedro J

    2013-01-28

    The catalytic functionalization of silicon-hydrogen bonds by means of the insertion of carbene units :CHCO(2)Et from ethyl diazoacetate (EDA) has been achieved using a silver-based catalyst, constituting the first example of this metal to promote this transformation. Competition experiments have revealed that the relative reactivity of substituted silanes depends on the bond dissociation energy of the Si-H bond (tertiary > secondary > primary for ethyl substituted). In the presence of bulky substituents such order reverts to secondary > primary ≈ tertiary (for phenyl substituted). Screening with other diazo compounds has shown that N(2)C(Ph)CO(2)Et displays similar reactivity to that of EDA, whereas other N(2)C(R)CO(2)Et (R = Me, CO(2)Et) gave lower conversions. PMID:23114570

  5. Cooperative catalysis by carbenes and Lewis acids in a highly stereoselective route to γ-lactams

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    Raup, Dustin E. A.; Cardinal-David, Benoit; Holte, Dane; Scheidt, Karl A.

    2010-09-01

    Enzymes are a continuing source of inspiration for the design of new chemical reactions that proceed with efficiency, high selectivity and minimal waste. In many biochemical processes, different catalytic species, such as Lewis acids and bases, are involved in precisely orchestrated interactions to activate reactants simultaneously or sequentially. This type of `cooperative catalysis', in which two or more catalytic cycles operate concurrently to achieve one overall transformation, has great potential in enhancing known reactivity and driving the development of new chemical reactions with high value. In this disclosure, a cooperative N-heterocyclic carbene/Lewis acid catalytic system promotes the addition of homoenolate equivalents to hydrazones, generating highly substituted γ-lactams in moderate to good yields and with high levels of diastereo- and enantioselectivity.

  6. N-heterocyclic carbene metal complexes as bio-organometallic antimicrobial and anticancer drugs.

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    Patil, Siddappa A; Patil, Shivaputra A; Patil, Renukadevi; Keri, Rangappa S; Budagumpi, Srinivasa; Balakrishna, Geetha R; Tacke, Matthias

    2015-01-01

    Late transition metal complexes that bear N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligands have seen a speedy growth in their use as both, metal-based drug candidates and potentially active homogeneous catalysts in a plethora of C-C and C-N bond forming reactions. This review article focuses on the recent developments and advances in preparation and characterization of NHC-metal complexes (metal: silver, gold, copper, palladium, nickel and ruthenium) and their biomedical applications. Their design, syntheses and characterization have been reviewed and correlated to their antimicrobial and anticancer efficacies. All these initial discoveries help validate the great potential of NHC-metal derivatives as a class of effective antimicrobial and anticancer agents. PMID:26144266

  7. Proton-transfer polymerization (HTP): converting methacrylates to polyesters by an N-heterocyclic carbene.

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    Hong, Miao; Chen, Eugene Y-X

    2014-10-27

    A new polymerization termed proton (H)-transfer polymerization (HTP) has been developed to convert dimethacrylates to unsaturated polyesters. HTP is catalyzed by a selective N-heterocyclic carbene capable of promoting intermolecular Umpolung condensation through proton transfer and proceeds through the step-growth propagation cycles via enamine intermediates. The role of the added suitable phenol, which is critical for achieving an effective HTP, is twofold: shutting down the radically induced chain-growth addition polymerization under HTP conditions (typically at 80-120 °C) and facilitating proton transfer after each monomer enchainment. The resulting unsaturated polyesters have a high thermal stability and can be readily cross-linked to robust polyester materials. PMID:25196055

  8. Preparation and reactivity of a Ru(0) phosphino-carbene complex.

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    Mosaferi, Eliar; Pan, Li; Wang, Tongen; Sun, Yunshan; Pranckevicius, Conor; Stephan, Douglas W

    2016-01-28

    The reaction of the phosphino-carbene MeNC3H2NPtBu2 with RuHCl(CO)(PPh3)3 is shown to give facile access to the Ru(0) species (MeNC3H2NPtBu2)Ru(CO)(PPh3)2 (). This species undergoes oxidative addition of H2 and silanes to give (MeNC3H2NPtBu2)RuH2(CO)(PPh3)2, (MeNC3H2NPtBu2)Ru H(SiRPh2)(CO)(PPh3) (R = Ph 5, H 6) and (MeNC3H2NPtBu2) RuH(PhSi(SCH2CH2)2O)(CO)(PPh3) . PMID:26743813

  9. Cyclic alkyl amino carbene (CAAC) ruthenium complexes as remarkably active catalysts for ethenolysis.

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    Marx, Vanessa M; Sullivan, Alexandra H; Melaimi, Mohand; Virgil, Scott C; Keitz, Benjamin K; Weinberger, David S; Bertrand, Guy; Grubbs, Robert H

    2015-02-01

    An expanded family of ruthenium-based metathesis catalysts bearing cyclic alkyl amino carbene (CAAC) ligands was prepared. These catalysts exhibited exceptional activity in the ethenolysis of the seed-oil derivative methyl oleate. In many cases, catalyst turnover numbers (TONs) of more than 100,000 were achieved, at a catalyst loading of only 3 ppm. Remarkably, the most active catalyst system was able to achieve a TON of 340,000, at a catalyst loading of only 1 ppm. This is the first time a series of metathesis catalysts has exhibited such high performance in cross-metathesis reactions employing ethylene gas, with activities sufficient to render ethenolysis applicable to the industrial-scale production of linear α-olefins (LAOs) and other terminal-olefin products. PMID:25522160

  10. Abnormal N-heterocyclic carbene main group organometallic chemistry: a debut to the homogeneous catalysis.

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    Sen, Tamal K; Sau, Samaresh Chandra; Mukherjee, Arup; Hota, Pradip Kumar; Mandal, Swadhin K; Maity, Bholanath; Koley, Debasis

    2013-10-21

    Abnormal N-heterocyclic carbene (aNHC) adducts of zinc(II) (1) and aluminum(III) (2) were synthesized. The compounds were characterized by NMR spectroscopy and elemental analysis. The solid state structures of these complexes (1 and 2) were determined by single crystal X-ray study. Furthermore, these organozinc and organoaluminum adducts (1 and 2) were tested for the ring opening polymerization of cyclic esters. These adducts were found to be quite efficient catalysts for the polymerization of cyclicesters such as rac-lactide (rac-LA), ε-caprolactone (ε-CL), and δ-valerolactone (δ-VL). Furthermore, aNHC zinc adduct has been used as catalyst for the synthesis of a tri-block copolymer. PMID:23945705

  11. Isolation of neutral mononuclear copper complexes stabilized by two cyclic (alkyl)(amino)carbenes.

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    Weinberger, David S; Amin Sk, Nurul; Mondal, Kartik Chandra; Melaimi, Mohand; Bertrand, Guy; Stückl, A Claudia; Roesky, Herbert W; Dittrich, Birger; Demeshko, Serhiy; Schwederski, Brigitte; Kaim, Wolfgang; Jerabek, Paul; Frenking, Gernot

    2014-04-30

    Two (cAAC)2Cu complexes, featuring a two-coordinate copper atom in the formal oxidation state zero, were prepared by reducing (Et2-cAAC)2Cu(+)I(-) with metallic sodium in THF, and by a one-pot synthesis using Me2-cAAC, Cu(II)Cl2, and KC8 in toluene in a molar ratio of 2:1:2, respectively. Both complexes are highly air and moisture sensitive but can be stored in the solid state for a month at room temperature. DFT calculations showed that in these complexes the copper center has a d(10) electronic configuration and the unpaired electron is delocalized over two carbene carbon atoms. This was further confirmed by the EPR spectra, which exhibit multiple hyperfine lines due to the coupling of the unpaired electron with (63,65)Cu isotopes, (14)N, and (1)H nuclei. PMID:24731250

  12. Novel benzimidazol-2-ylidene carbene precursors and their silver(I) complexes: Potential antimicrobial agents.

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    Kaloğlu, Murat; Kaloğlu, Nazan; Özdemir, İlknur; Günal, Selami; Özdemir, İsmail

    2016-08-15

    Novel benzimidazolium salts were synthesized as N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) precursors, these NHC precursors were metallated with Ag2O in dichloromethane at room temperature to give novel silver(I)-NHC complexes. Structures of these benzimidazolium salts and silver(I)-NHC complexes were characterized on the basis of elemental analysis, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, IR and LC-MS spectroscopic techniques. A series of benzimidazolium salts and silver(I)-NHC complexes were tested against standard bacterial strains: Enterococcus faecalis, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and the fungal strains: Candida albicans and Candida tropicalis. The results showed that benzimidazolium salts inhibited the growth of all bacteria and fungi strains and all silver(I)-NHC complexes performed good activities against different microorganisms. PMID:27301680

  13. N-Heterocyclic Carbene Capture by Cytochrome P450 3A4.

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    Jennings, Gareth K; Ritchie, Caroline M; Shock, Lisa S; Lyons, Charles E; Hackett, John C

    2016-07-01

    Cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) is the dominant P450 enzyme involved in human drug metabolism, and its inhibition may result in adverse interactions or, conversely, favorably reduce the systemic elimination rates of poorly bioavailable drugs. Herein we describe a spectroscopic investigation of the interaction of CYP3A4 with N-methylritonavir, an analog of ritonavir, widely used as a pharmacoenhancer. In contrast to ritonavir, the binding affinity of N-methylritonavir for CYP3A4 is pH-dependent. At pH <7.4, the spectra are definitively type I, whereas at pH ≥7.4 the spectra have split Soret bands, including a red-shifted component characteristic of a P450-carbene complex. Variable-pH UV-visible spectroscopy binding studies with molecular fragments narrows the source of this pH dependence to its N-methylthiazolium fragment. The C2 proton of this group is acidic, and variable-pH resonance Raman spectroscopy tentatively assigns it a pKa of 7.4. Hence, this fragment of N-methylritonavir is expected to be readily deprotonated under physiologic conditions to yield a thiazol-2-ylidene, which is an N-heterocyclic carbene that has high-affinity for and is presumed to be subsequently captured by the heme iron. This mechanism is supported by time-dependent density functional theory with an active site model that accurately reproduces distinguishing features of the experimental UV-visible spectra of N-methylritonavir bound to CYP3A4. Finally, density functional theory calculations support that this novel interaction is as strong as the tightest-binding azaheterocycles found in P450 inhibitors and could offer new avenues for inhibitor development. PMID:27126611

  14. Synthesis, characterization and antimicrobial activities of novel silver(I) complexes with coumarin substituted N-heterocyclic carbene ligands.

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    Karataş, Mert Olgun; Olgundeniz, Begüm; Günal, Selami; Özdemir, İlknur; Alıcı, Bülent; Çetinkaya, Engin

    2016-02-15

    Eight new coumarin substituted silver(I) N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) complexes were synthesized by the interaction of the corresponding imidazolium or benzimidazolium chlorides and Ag2O in dichloromethane at room temperature. Structures of these complexes were established on the basis of elemental analysis, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, IR and mass spectroscopic techniques. The antimicrobial activities of carbene precursors and silver NHC complexes were tested against standard strains: Enterococcus faecalis, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and the fungi Candida albicans and Candida tropicalis. Results showed that all the compounds inhibited the growth of the all bacteria and fungi strains and some complexes performed good activities against different microorganisms. Among all the compounds, the most lipophilic complex bis[1-(4-methylene-6,8-dimethyl-2H-chromen-2-one)-3-(naphthalene-2-ylmethyl)benzimidazol-2-ylidene]silver(I) dichloro argentate (5e) was found out as the most active one. PMID:26740157

  15. A search for thermal isomerization of olefins to carbenes: Thermal generations of the silicon-nitrogen double bond

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    Zhang, Xianping.

    1990-09-21

    The first part of this thesis will search for the thermal isomerization of olefins to carbenes which is predicted to be a high energy process by calculations and has only been observed in a few strained olefins. The possibility of thermal isomerization of simple olefins to carbenes will be explored. Substitution of a silyl group on the double bond of an olefin allows a potential intermediate which has a {beta}-radical to the silyl group during the cis-trans isomerization. The effects of a trimethylsilyl group on this isomerization are the subject of this study. The second part of this thesis will include the generation and chemistry of intermediates containing a silicon-nitrogen double bond. The isomerization of parent silanimine to the aminosilylene was calculated to be a high energy process. New approaches to the silicon-nitrogen double bond will also be presented. 92 refs., 12 figs., 11 tabs.

  16. Expedient Mechanosynthesis of N,N-Dialkyl Imidazoliums and Silver(I)-Carbene Complexes in a Ball-Mill.

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    Beillard, Audrey; Golliard, Ethan; Gillet, Valentin; Bantreil, Xavier; Métro, Thomas-Xavier; Martinez, Jean; Lamaty, Frédéric

    2015-12-01

    The absence of solvent, associated with intensive mechanical agitation, allowed the first mechanosynthesis of high-value silver(I)-carbene complexes and the corresponding N,N-dialkylimidazolium precursors. This procedure gave outstanding results in terms of yield and reaction time, when compared to solution-based conditions previously described in literature, and was generalized to unprecedented compounds. Silver(I)-carbene complexes could either be obtained from N,N-dialkylimidazolium salts or directly from imidazole and alkyl halides in a one-pot two-step procedure without isolating the imidazolium intermediate. Additionally, an efficient one-pot three-step sequence, including imidazole alkylation, silver metalation, and transmetalation is reported. PMID:26489706

  17. One-, two-, and three-electron reduction of a cyclic alkyl(amino)carbene-SbCl₃ adduct.

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    Kretschmer, Robert; Ruiz, David A; Moore, Curtis E; Rheingold, Arnold L; Bertrand, Guy

    2014-07-28

    A cyclic alkyl(amino)carbene readily reacts with SbCl3 to form the corresponding Sb(III) adduct. One-electron reduction gives rise to the first example of a neutral antimony-centered radical characterized in solution. Two-electron reduction affords a Lewis base stabilized chloro-stibinidene, whereas three-electron reduction gives an antimony diatomic species capped by two carbenes. The radical has been characterized by EPR spectroscopy, while the structure of the other three species has been ascertained by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. In these four species, the formal oxidation state of the metalloid diminishes from III, to II, to I, and finally 0. PMID:24961494

  18. Enantioselective N-heterocyclic carbene-catalyzed Michael addition to α,β-unsaturated aldehydes by redox oxidation.

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    Rong, Zi-Qiang; Jia, Min-Qiang; You, Shu-Li

    2011-08-01

    Enantioselective N-heterocyclic carbene-catalyzed Michael addition reactions to α,β-unsaturated aldehydes by redox oxidation were realized. With 10 mol % of camphor-derived triazolium salt D, 15 mol % of DBU, 5 mol % of NaBF(4), and 100 mol % of quinone oxidant, the reactions of various dicarbonyl compounds with α,β-unsaturated aldehydes led to 3,4-dihydro-α-pyrones in good yields and excellent ee's. PMID:21732659

  19. Cu(I)-Catalyzed Tandem Reaction of Carbene Coupling and Horner-Wadsworth-Emmons Type Olefination: Access toward Enynes.

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    Zhou, Yujing; Ye, Fei; Zhou, Qi; Zhang, Yan; Wang, Jianbo

    2016-05-01

    A novel strategy to synthesize 1,3-enynes has been successfully developed based on Cu(I)-catalyzed cross-coupling of α-diazo phosphonates and alkynes with a subsequent Horner-Wadsworth-Emmons (HWE) type reaction. This method provides straightforward access to conjugated enynes with high efficiency, good stereoselectivity and excellent functional group compatibility. Copper(I) carbene migratory insertion plays a crucial role in this transformation. PMID:27115055

  20. A Catalyst-Enabled Diastereodivergent Aza-Diels-Alder Reaction: Complementarity of N-Heterocyclic Carbenes and Chiral Amines.

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    Rong, Zi-Qiang; Wang, Min; Chow, Chi Hao Eugene; Zhao, Yu

    2016-07-01

    Highly efficient and diastereodivergent aza-Diels-Alder reactions have been developed to access either diastereomeric series of benzofuran-fused δ-lactams and dihydropyridines in nearly perfect stereoselectivity (d.r. >20:1, >99 % ee for all examples). The complementarity of N-heterocyclic carbene and chiral amine as the catalyst was demonstrated for the first time, together with an excellent level of catalytic efficiency (1 mol % loading). PMID:27219298

  1. Preparation of a N-Heterocyclic Carbene Nickel(II) Complex: Synthetic Experiments in Current Organic and Organometallic Chemistry

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    Ritleng, Vincent; Brenner, Eric; Chetcuti, Michael J.

    2008-01-01

    A four-part experiment that leads to the synthesis of a cyclopentadienyl chloro-nickel(II) complex bearing a N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligand is presented. In the first part, the preparation of 1,3-bis-(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)imidazolium chloride (IMes[middle dot]HCl) in a one-pot procedure by reaction of 2,4,6-trimethylaniline with…

  2. Catalytic boracarboxylation of alkynes with diborane and carbon dioxide by an N-heterocyclic carbene copper catalyst.

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    Zhang, Liang; Cheng, Jianhua; Carry, Béatrice; Hou, Zhaomin

    2012-09-01

    By the use of an N-heterocyclic carbene copper(I) complex as a catalyst, the boracarboxylation of various alkynes (e.g., diaryl alkynes, aryl/alkyl alkynes, and phenylacetylene) with a diborane compound and carbon dioxide has been achieved for the first time, affording the α,β-unsaturated β-boralactone derivatives regio- and stereoselectively via a borylcupration/carboxylation cascade. Some important reaction intermediates were isolated and structurally characterized to clarify the reaction mechanism. PMID:22909063

  3. A theobromine derived silver N-heterocyclic carbene: synthesis, characterization, and antimicrobial efficacy studies on cystic fibrosis relevant pathogens†

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    Panzner, Matthew J.; Hindi, Khadijah M.; Wright, Brian D.; Taylor, Jane B.; Han, Daniel S.

    2009-01-01

    The increasing incidence of multidrug-resistant (MDR) pulmonary infections in the cystic fibrosis (CF) population has prompted the investigation of innovative silver based therapeutics. The functionalization of the naturally occurring xanthine theobromine at the N1 nitrogen atom with an ethanol substituent followed by the methylation of the N9 nitrogen atom gives the N-heterocyclic carbene precursor 1-(2-hydroxyethyl)-3,7,9-trimethylxanthinium iodide. The reaction of this xanthinium salt with silver acetate produces the highly hydrophilic silver carbene complex SCC8. The in vitro antimicrobial efficacy of this newly synthesized complex was evaluated with excellent results on a variety of virulent and MDR pathogens isolated from CF patients. A comparative in vivo study between the known caffeine derived silver carbene SCC1 and SCC8 demonstrated the ability of both complexes to improve the survival rates of mice in a pneumonia model utilizing the clinically isolated infectious strain of Pseudomonas aeruginosa PA M57-15. PMID:20449175

  4. Characteristics and nature of the intermolecular interactions in boron-bonded complexes with carbene as electron donor: an ab initio, SAPT and QTAIM study.

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    Esrafili, Mehdi D

    2012-05-01

    We report geometries, stabilization energies, symmetry adapted perturbation theory (SAPT) and quantum theory of atoms in molecules (QTAIM) analyses of a series of carbene-BX(3) complexes, where X = H, OH, NH(2), CH(3), CN, NC, F, Cl, and Br. The stabilization energies were calculated at HF, B3LYP, MP2, MP4 and CCSD(T)/aug-cc-pVDZ levels of theory using optimized geometries of all the complexes obtained from B3LYP/aug-cc-pVTZ. Quantitatively, all the complexes indicate the presence of B-C(carbene) interaction due to the short B-C(carbene) distances. Inspection of stabilization energies reveals that the interaction energies increase in the order NH(2) > OH > CH(3) > F > H > Cl > Br > NC > CN, which is the opposite trend shown in the binding distances. Considering the SAPT results, it is found that electrostatic effects account for about 50% of the overall attraction of the studied complexes. By comparison, the induction components of these interactions represent about 40% of the total attractive forces. Despite falling in a region of charge depletion with nabla(2)ρ(BCP) >0, the B-C(carbene) bond critical points (BCPs) are characterized by a reasonably large value of the electron density (ρ(BCP)) and H(BCP) <0, indicating that the potential energy overcomes the kinetic energy density at BCP and the B-C(carbene) bond is a polar covalent bond. PMID:21877151

  5. Central-to-Axial Chirality Transfer in the Benzannulation Reaction of Optically Pure Fischer Carbene Complexes in the Synthesis of Allocolchicinoids

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    Vorogushin, Andrei V.; Wulff, William D.; Hansen, Hans-Jürgen

    2008-01-01

    A method for the synthesis of allocolchicinoids is explored that involves the benzannulation reaction of Fischer chromium carbene complexes with alkynes. The benzannulation reaction is employed to install the aromatic C-ring via the reaction of an α,β-unsaturated carbene complex in which the carbene complex is attached to a seven-membered ring that is to become the B-ring of the allocolchicinoids. Two different regioisomeric series can be accessed depending on which position the carbene complex is on the seven membered ring. A key issue that is addressed is the stereochemistry of the newly formed axis of chirality that results from a stereo-relay from an existing chiral center on the seven membered ring at the position destined to be C(7) in the allocolchicinoids. The level of stereochemistry is dependent on the position of the carbene complex on the seven membered ring. A mechanism is proposed to account for this stereochemical dependence and to account for the observed effects of temperature and solvent on the stereoselectivity. Finally, the benzannulation reactions of optically pure complexes are examined and quite surprisingly one, but not both, of the diastereomeric products is racemized. The racemization can be prevented with the proper choice of solvent and temperature. A mechanism is proposed to account for the racemization of only one of the diastereomers of the product that involves the intermediacy of an ortho-quinone methide chromium tricarbonyl complex. PMID:19180172

  6. Structures of Reactive Donor/Acceptor and Donor/Donor Rhodium Carbenes in the Solid State and Their Implications for Catalysis.

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    Werlé, Christophe; Goddard, Richard; Philipps, Petra; Farès, Christophe; Fürstner, Alois

    2016-03-23

    Owing to its tremendous preparative importance, rhodium carbene chemistry has been studied extensively during past decades. The invoked intermediates have, however, so far proved too reactive for direct inspection, and reliable experimental information has been extremely limited. A series of X-ray structures of pertinent intermediates of this type, together with supporting spectroscopic data, now closes this gap and provides a detailed picture of the constitution and conformation of such species. All complexes were prepared by decomposition of a diazoalkane precursor with an appropriate rhodium source; they belong to either the dirhodium(II) tetracarboxylate carbene series that enjoys widespread preparative use, or to the class of mononuclear half-sandwich carbenes of Rh(III), which show considerable potential. The experimental data correct or refine previous computational studies but corroborate the currently favored model for the prediction of the stereochemical course of rhodium catalyzed cyclopropanations, which is likely also applicable to other reactions. Emphasis is put on stereoelectronic rather than steric arguments, with the dipole of the acceptor substituent flanking the carbene center being the major selectivity determining factor. Moreover, the very subtle influence exerted by the anionic ligands on a Rh(III) center on the chemical character of the resulting carbenes species is documented by the structures of a homologous series of halide complexes. Finally, the isolation of a N-bonded Rh(II) diazoalkane complex showcases that steric hindrance represents an inherent limitation of the chosen methodology. PMID:26910883

  7. Spherical core-shell magnetic particles constructed by main-chain palladium N-heterocyclic carbenes

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    Zhao, Huaixia; Li, Liuyi; Wang, Jinyun; Wang, Ruihu

    2015-02-01

    The encapsulation of the functional species on magnetic core is a facile approach for the synthesis of core-shell magnetic materials, and surface encapsulating matrices play crucial roles in regulating their properties and applications. In this study, two core-shell palladium N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) particles (Fe3O4@PNP1 and Fe3O4@PNP2) were prepared by a one-pot reaction of semi-rigid tripodal imidazolium salts and palladium acetate in the presence of magnetite nanoparticles. The magnetite nanoparticles are encapsulated inside the main-chain palladium, which act as cores. The conjugated effects of triphenyltriazine and triphenylbenzene in the imidazolium salts have important influence on their physical properties and catalytic performances. Fe3O4@PNP2 shows better recyclability than Fe3O4@PNP1. Unexpectedly, Pd(ii) is well maintained after six consecutive catalytic runs in Fe3O4@PNP2, and Pd(0) and Pd(ii) coexist in Fe3O4@PNP1 under the same conditions; moreover, the morphologies of these spherical core-shell particles show no significant variation after six consecutive catalytic runs.The encapsulation of the functional species on magnetic core is a facile approach for the synthesis of core-shell magnetic materials, and surface encapsulating matrices play crucial roles in regulating their properties and applications. In this study, two core-shell palladium N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) particles (Fe3O4@PNP1 and Fe3O4@PNP2) were prepared by a one-pot reaction of semi-rigid tripodal imidazolium salts and palladium acetate in the presence of magnetite nanoparticles. The magnetite nanoparticles are encapsulated inside the main-chain palladium, which act as cores. The conjugated effects of triphenyltriazine and triphenylbenzene in the imidazolium salts have important influence on their physical properties and catalytic performances. Fe3O4@PNP2 shows better recyclability than Fe3O4@PNP1. Unexpectedly, Pd(ii) is well maintained after six consecutive catalytic runs in

  8. Gold (I) N-heterocyclic carbene complex inhibits mouse melanoma growth by p53 upregulation

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    2014-01-01

    Background Cancer treatment using gold (I) complexes is becoming popular. In this study, a gold (I) N-heterocyclic complex designated as complex 3 was synthesized, its cytotoxicity was examined, and its anti-melanoma activity was evaluated in vitro and in vivo. Methods Viability of cancer cells was determined by MTT assay upon treatment with various concentrations of a gold (I) N-heterocyclic carbene complex (complex 3) in a dose and time dependent manner. Mouse melanoma cells B16F10 were selected for further apoptotic studies, including flowcytometric analysis of annexin binding, cell cycle arrest, intracellular ROS generation and loss in the mitochondrial membrane potential. ELISA based assays were done for caspase activities and western blots for determining the expression of various survival and apoptotic proteins. Immunocytology was performed to visualize the translocation of p53 to the nucleus. B16F10 cells were inoculated into mice and post tumor formation, complex 3 was administered. Immunohistology was performed to determine the expressions of p53, p21, NF-κB (p65 and p50), MMP-9 and VEGF. Student’s t test was used for determining statistical significance. The survival rate data were analyzed by Kaplan-Meier plots. Results Complex 3 markedly inhibited the growth of HCT 116, HepG2, and A549, and induced apoptosis in B16F10 cells with nuclear condensation, DNA fragmentation, externalization of phosphatidylserine, activation of caspase 3 and caspase 9, PARP cleavage, downregulation of Bcl-2, upregulation of Bax, cytosolic cytochrome c elevation, ROS generation, and mitochondrial membrane potential loss indicating the involvement of an intrinsic mitochondrial death pathway. Further, upregulation of p53, p-p53 (ser 15) and p21 indicated the role of p53 in complex 3 mediated apoptosis. The complex reduced tumor size, and caused upregulation of p53 and p21 along with downregulation of NF-κB (p65 and p50), VEGF and MMP-9. These results suggest that it induced

  9. Understanding the Mechanism of the Divergent Reactivity of Non-Heteroatom-Stabilized Chromium Carbene Complexes with Furfural Imines: Formation of Benzofurans and Azetines.

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    Funes-Ardoiz, Ignacio; González, Jairo; Santamaría, Javier; Sampedro, Diego

    2016-02-19

    The mechanisms of the reaction between non-heteroatom-stabilized alkynyl chromium carbene complexes prepared in situ and furfural imines to yield benzofurans and/or azetines have been explored by means of density functional theory method calculations. The reaction proceeds through a complex cascade of steps triggered by a nucleophilic addition of the imine nitrogen atom. The formation of two benzofuran regioisomers has been explained in terms of competitive nucleophilic attacks to different positions of the carbene complex. Each of these regioisomers can be obtained as the major product depending on the starting materials. The overall sequence could be controlled to yield benzofurans or azetines by adjusting the substituents present in the initial carbene complex. This mechanistic information allowed for the preparation of new benzofurans and azetinylcarbenes in good yields. PMID:26799934

  10. Formation of N-Heterocyclic Carbenes by Tautomerization of Mesomeric Betaines: Cyclic Boron Adducts and Palladium Complexes From 2-(Imidazolium-1-yl)phenolates.

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    Liu, Ming; Nieger, Martin; Hübner, Eike G; Schmidt, Andreas

    2016-04-01

    2-(Imidazolium-1-yl)phenolates are conjugated heterocyclic mesomeric betaines in tautomeric equilibrium with the corresponding N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs), 3-(2-hydroxyphenyl)-imidazol-2-ylidenes. The carbene tautomers can be trapped as thiones (X-ray analysis). Moreover, bis(triphenylphosphine)palladium(II) dichloride in THF trapped the carbene tautomer as a palladium complex without participation of the phenolate group (X-ray analysis). The corresponding anionic NHCs, 2-phenolate-substituted imidazol-2-ylidenes, can be trapped by triethylborane or triphenylborane to form 4,4-diethyl- or 4,4-diphenyl-4H-benzo[e]imidazo[2,1-c][1,4,2]oxaza-borininium-4-ides, respectively (two X-ray analyses). These tricyclic systems are the first representatives of a new heterocyclic ring system. The results of DFT calculations concerning the HOMO/LUMO profiles and partial charges are also presented. PMID:26929134

  11. "Hummingbird" behaviour of N-heterocyclic carbenes stabilises out-of-plane bonding of AuCl and CuCl units.

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    Teci, Matthieu; Brenner, Eric; Matt, Dominique; Gourlaouen, Christophe; Toupet, Loic

    2015-07-27

    An N-heterocyclic carbene substituted by two expanded 9-ethyl-9-fluorenyl groups was shown to bind an AuCl unit in an unusual manner, namely with the AuX rod sitting out of the plane defined by the heterocyclic carbene unit. As shown by X-ray studies and DFT calculations, the observed large pitch angle (21°) arises from an easy displacement of the gold(I) atom away from the carbene lone-pair axis, combined with the stabilisation provided by weak CH⋅⋅⋅Au interactions involving aliphatic and aromatic H atoms of the NHC wingtips. Weak, intermolecular Cl⋅⋅⋅H bonds are likely to cooperate with the H⋅⋅⋅Au interactions to stabilise the out-of-plane conformation. A general belief until now was that tilt angles in NHC complexes arise mainly from steric effects within the first coordination sphere. PMID:26130507

  12. Methandiide as a non-innocent ligand in carbene complexes: from the electronic structure to bond activation reactions and cooperative catalysis.

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    Becker, Julia; Modl, Tanja; Gessner, Viktoria H

    2014-09-01

    The synthesis of a ruthenium carbene complex based on a sulfonyl-substituted methandiide and its application in bond activation reactions and cooperative catalysis is reported. In the complex, the metal-carbon interaction can be tuned between a Ru-C single bond with additional electrostatic interactions and a Ru=C double bond, thus allowing the control of the stability and reactivity of the complex. Hence, activation of polar and non-polar bonds (O-H, H-H) as well as dehydrogenation reactions become possible. In these reactions the carbene acts as a non-innocent ligand supporting the bond activation as nucleophilic center in the 1,2-addition across the metal-carbon double bond. This metal-ligand cooperativity can be applied in the catalytic transfer hydrogenation for the reduction of ketones. This concept opens new ways for the application of carbene complexes in catalysis. PMID:25047390

  13. Biological Screening of Newly Synthesized BIAN N-Heterocyclic Gold Carbene Complexes in Zebrafish Embryos

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    Farooq, Muhammad; Abu Taha, Nael; Butorac, Rachel R.; Evans, Daniel Anthony; Elzatahry, Ahmed A.; Elsayed, Elsayed Ahmed; Wadaan, Mohammad A. M.; Al-Deyab, Salem S.; Cowley, Alan H.

    2015-01-01

    N-Heterocyclic carbene (NHC) metal complexes possess diverse biological activities but have yet to be extensively explored as potential chemotherapeutic agents. We have previously reported the synthesis of a new class of NHC metal complexes N-heterocyclic with acetate [IPr(BIAN)AuOAc] and chloride [IPr(BIAN)AuCl] ligands. In the experiments reported herein, the zebrafish embryos were exposed to serial dilutions of each of these complexes for 10–12 h. One hundred percent mortality was observed at concentrations ≥50 µM. At sub-lethal concentrations (10–30 µM), both compounds influenced zebrafish embryonic development. However, quite diverse categories of abnormalities were found in exposed embryos with each compound. Severe brain deformation and notochord degeneration were evident in the case of [IPr(BIAN)AuOAc]. The zebrafish embryos treated with [IPr(BIAN)AuCl] exhibited stunted growth and consequently had smaller body sizes. A depletion of 30%–40% glutathione was detected in the treated embryos, which could account for one of the possible mechanism of neurotoxicity. The fact that these compounds are capable of both affecting the growth and also compromising antioxidant systems by elevating intracellular ROS production implies that they could play an important role as a new breed of therapeutic molecules. PMID:26501273

  14. Synthesis, crystal, and biological activity of a novel carbene silver(I) complex with imidazole derivative

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    Jiu-Fu, Lu Hong-Guang, Ge; Juan, Shi

    2015-12-15

    Reaction of 2-(1-methyl-1,2-dihydroimidazol-3-yl)acetonitrile tetrafluoroborate with silver oxide in dichloromethane readily yields [Ag(DIM){sub 2}]BF{sub 4}, where DIM is 2-(1-methyl-1, 2-dihydroimidazol-3-yl)acetonitrile, representing a carbene organic ligand. The title compound was characterized by elemental analysis, IR, MS and single crystal X-ray diffraction. The crystal is of monoclinic system, space group C2/c with a = 14.010(18), b = 8.303(11), c = 14.936(20) Å, β = 93.910(4)°, V = 1639(4) Å{sup 3}, Z = 4, D{sub x} = 1.771 g/cm{sup 3}, F (000) = 864, µ(MoK{sub α}) = 1.278 mm{sup –1}. The final R{sup 1} = 0.0711 and wR{sup 2} = 0.1903 for reflections with I > 2σ(I). In addition, the preliminary biological test showed that the title compound had anti-fungus yeast activity.

  15. 4-Alkylated Silver-N-Heterocyclic Carbene (NHC) Complexes with Cytotoxic Effects in Leukemia Cells.

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    Sandtorv, Alexander H; Leitch, Calum; Bedringaas, Siv Lise; Gjertsen, Bjørn Tore; Bjørsvik, Hans-René

    2015-09-01

    Computational chemistry has shown that backbone-alkylated imidazoles ought to be efficient ligands for transition metal catalysts with improved carbene-to-metal donation. In this work, such alkylated imidazoles were synthesized and complexed with silver(I) by means of an eight/nine-step synthetic pathway we devised to access a new class of biologically active silver complexes. The synthesis involves selective iodination of the imidazole backbone, followed by Sonogashira coupling to replace the backbone iodine. The installed alkyne moiety is then subjected to reductive hydrogenation with Pearlman's catalyst. The imidazole N1 atom is arylated by the palladium-catalyzed Buchwald N-arylation method. The imidazole N3 position was then methylated with methyl iodine, whereupon the synthesis was terminated by complexation of the imidazolium salt with silver(I) oxide. The synthetic pathway provided an overall yield of ≈20 %. The resulting complexes were tested in vitro against HL60 and MOLM-13 leukemic cells, two human-derived cell lines that model acute myeloid leukemia. The most active compounds exhibiting low IC50 values of 14 and 27 μM, against HL60 and MOLM-13 cells, respectively. The imidazole side chain was found to be essential for high cytotoxicity, as the imidazole complex bearing a C7 side chain at the 4-position was four- to sixfold more potent than the corresponding imidazole elaborated with a methyl group. PMID:26250720

  16. Effects of Phosphine-Carbene Substitutions on the Electrochemical and Thermodynamic Properties of Nickel Complexes

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    Galan, Brandon R.; Wiedner, Eric S.; Helm, Monte L.; Linehan, John C.; Appel, Aaron M.

    2014-05-12

    Nickel(II) complexes containing chelating N-heterocyclic carbene-phosphine ligands ([NiL2](BPh4)2, for which L = [MeIm(CH2)2PR2]) have been synthesized for the purpose of studying how this class of ligand effects the electrochemical properties compared to the nickel bis- diphosphine analogues. The nickel complexes were synthesized and characterized by x-ray crystallography and electrochemical methods. Based on the half wave potentials (E1/2), substitution of an NHC for one of the phosphines in a diphoshine ligand results in shifts in potential to 0.6 V to 1.2 V more negative than the corresponding nickel bis-diphosphine complexes. These quantitative results highlight the substantial effect that NHC ligands can have upon the electronic properties of the metal complexes. BRG, JCL, and AMA acknowledge the support by the US Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences & Biosciences. MLH acknoledges the support of the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is operated by Battelle for the US Department of Energy.

  17. Cytotoxic gold(I) N-heterocyclic carbene complexes with phosphane ligands as potent enzyme inhibitors.

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    Rubbiani, Riccardo; Salassa, Luca; de Almeida, Andreia; Casini, Angela; Ott, Ingo

    2014-06-01

    Organometallic gold complexes with N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligands have been demonstrating promising properties as novel anticancer agents. Gold(I) NHC complexes containing different phosphanes as secondary ligands were shown to trigger strong cytotoxic effects in cancer cells, and their effective uptake into the cells was quantified by atomic absorption spectroscopy. Moreover, the new compounds strongly inhibited the activity of the seleno-enzyme thioredoxin reductase (TrxR) and of the zinc-finger enzyme poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase 1 (PARP-1). In the case of TrxR inhibition, their activity depended clearly on the size of the alkyl/aryl residues of phosphorus atoms. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations showed that the Au-P bond of the triphenylphosphane complex [Au(I) (NHC)(PPh3 )]I had a lower bond dissociation energy compared to trialkylphosphane complexes [Au(I) (NHC)(PR3 )]I, indicating a higher kinetic reactivity of this particular compound. In fact, [Au(I) (NHC)(PPh3 )]I triggered an enhanced inhibitory activity against PARP-1. PMID:24677779

  18. Probing the Diastereoselectivity of Staudinger Reactions Catalyzed by N-Heterocyclic Carbenes.

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    Hans, Morgan; Wouters, Johan; Demonceau, Albert; Delaude, Lionel

    2015-07-20

    The reaction of ethylphenylketene with 1,3-dimesitylimidazol-2-ylidene (IMes) or 1,3-dimesitylimidazolin-2-ylidene (SIMes) afforded the corresponding azolium enolates in high yields. The two zwitterions were fully characterized by various analytical techniques. Their thermal stabilities were monitored by thermogravimetric analysis and the molecular structure of SIMes⋅EtPhCCO was determined by means of X-ray crystallography. A mechanism was proposed to account for the trans-diastereoselectivity observed in the [2+2] cycloaddition of ketenes and N-protected imines catalyzed by N-heterocyclic carbenes and an extensive catalytic screening was performed to test its validity. The steric bulk of the NHC catalyst markedly affected the cis/trans ratio of the model β-lactam product. The nature of the solvent used to carry out the Staudinger reaction also significantly influenced its diastereoselectivity. Conversely, the nature of the substituent on the N-sulfonated imine reagent and the reaction temperature were less critical parameters. PMID:26073307

  19. Comparative investigation of ruthenium-based metathesis catalysts bearing N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligands.

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    Fürstner, A; Ackermann, L; Gabor, B; Goddard, R; Lehmann, C W; Mynott, R; Stelzer, F; Thiel, O R

    2001-08-01

    Exchange of one PCy3 unit of the classical Grubbs catalyst 1 by N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligands leads to "second-generation" metathesis catalysts of superior reactivity and increased stability. Several complexes of this type have been prepared and fully characterized, six of them by X-ray crystallography. These include the unique chelate complexes 13 and 14 in which the NHC- and the Ru-CR entities are tethered to form a metallacycle. A particularly favorable design feature is that the reactivity of such catalysts can be easily adjusted by changing the electronic and steric properties of the NHC ligands. The catalytic activity also strongly depends on the solvent used; NMR investigations provide a tentative explanation of this effect. Applications of the "second-generation" catalysts to ring closing alkene metathesis and intramolecular enyne cycloisomerization reactions provide insights into their catalytic performance. From these comparative studies it is deduced that no single catalyst is optimal for different types of applications. The search for the most reactive catalyst for a specific transformation is facilitated by IR thermography allowing a rapid and semi-quantitative ranking among a given set of catalysts. PMID:11531110

  20. Planar N-heterocyclic carbene diarylborenium ions: synthesis by cationic borylation and reactivity with Lewis bases.

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    Farrell, Jeffrey M; Stephan, Douglas W

    2015-04-20

    The NHC-borane adduct (IBn)BH3 (1) (NHC= N-heterocyclic carbene; IBn=1,3-dibenzylimidazol-2ylidene) reacts with [Ph3 C][B(C6 F5 )4 ] through sequential hydride abstraction and dehydrogenative cationic borylation(s) to give singly or doubly ring closed NHC-borenium salts 2 and 3. The planar doubly ring closed product [C3 H2 (NCH2 C6 H4 )2 B][B(C6 F5 )4 ] is resistant to quaternization at boron by Et2 O coordination, but forms classical Lewis acid-base adducts with the stronger donors Ph3 P, Et3 PO, or 1,4-diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane (DABCO). Treatment of 3 with tBu3 P selectively yields the unusual oligomeric borenium salt trans-[(C3 H2 (NCH2 C6 H4 )2 B)2 (C3 H2 (NCHC6 H4 )2 B)][B(C6 F5 )4 ] (7). PMID:25756464

  1. Nitrosyl and carbene iron complexes bearing a κ(3)-SNS thioamide pincer type ligand.

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    Suzuki, Tatsuya; Matsumoto, Jun; Kajita, Yuji; Inomata, Tomohiko; Ozawa, Tomohiro; Masuda, Hideki

    2015-01-21

    The previously reported monochelate iron complex with κ(3) SNS thioamide pincer ligand, 2,6-bis(N-2,6-bis(diphenylmethyl)-4-isopropylphenyliminothiolate)pyridine (L(DPM)), [Fe(THF)2(κ(3)-L(DPM))], gave novel complexes, [Fe(NHC)(κ(3)-L(DPM))] and [Fe(NO)2(κ(3)-L(DPM))], by substitution reactions with N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) and NO molecules, respectively. The X-ray crystal structure of the [Fe(NHC)(κ(3)-L(DPM))] complex revealed a unique square planar iron(ii) complex, which was determined to be in an intermediate spin state (S = 1) in benzene from the Evans method. The [Fe(NO)2(κ(3)-L(DPM))] complex was determined to have a trigonal bipyramidal geometry from X-ray analysis and was indicated to be diamagnetic from the (1)H NMR spectrum. The ν(NO) stretching vibration of this complex showed two peaks at 1840 cm(-1) and 1790 cm(-1), and also the Fe-N-O bond angles were 168.9(2)° and 168.03(19)°. These findings suggest that the two coordinated NO molecules have neutral radical character, and they are antiferromagnetically coupled with the high-spin iron center. PMID:25407757

  2. Conformation analysis of triphenylphosphine in trans and cis triphenylphosphine-substituted Fischer carbene complexes

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    Landman, Marilé; Levell, Tamzyn; van Rooyen, Petrus H.; Conradie, Jeanet

    2014-05-01

    The synthesis and selected crystal structures of novel (M = Cr or Mo) and known (M = W) [(CO)4(PPh3)M = C(OEt)R] complexes, M = Cr, R = 2-thienyl (1), 2-furyl (2); M = Mo, R = 2-thienyl (3), 2-furyl (4); M = W, R = 2-thienyl (5), 2-furyl (6), are presented. Experimental crystal structures and DFT calculations of selected trans- and cis-triphenylphosphine-substituted Fischer carbene complexes, illustrate that the minimum energy conformation of triphenylphosphine (PPh3) in octahedral [(CO)4(PPh3)ML]-complexes generally have distinct features that can be described in terms of the "plane of nadir energy", a plane linking all points of minimum steric compression between the ligands. The generally observed orientation of PPh3 involves a correlated feathering of the phenyl groups with the PCipso bond of one phenyl group orientated near parallel to the nadir plane, and a meta carbon (Cm) of the other two phenyl groups orientated as near as possible to the nadir plane, orthogonal to the first. Although the orientation of PPh3 in 6-trans, [(CO)4(PPh3)W = C(OEt)2-furyl], deviates from this, DFT correctly calculated the unexpected and not generally observed PPh3 orientation.

  3. Synthesis, crystal, and biological activity of a novel carbene silver(I) complex with imidazole derivative

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    Jiu-Fu, Lu; Hong-Guang, Ge; Juan, Shi

    2015-12-01

    Reaction of 2-(1-methyl-1,2-dihydroimidazol-3-yl)acetonitrile tetrafluoroborate with silver oxide in dichloromethane readily yields [Ag( DIM)2]BF4, where DIM is 2-(1-methyl-1, 2-dihydroimidazol-3-yl)acetonitrile, representing a carbene organic ligand. The title compound was characterized by elemental analysis, IR, MS and single crystal X-ray diffraction. The crystal is of monoclinic system, space group C2/ c with a = 14.010(18), b = 8.303(11), c = 14.936(20) Å, β = 93.910(4)°, V = 1639(4) Å3, Z = 4, D x = 1.771 g/cm3, F (000) = 864, µ(Mo K α) = 1.278 mm-1. The final R 1 = 0.0711 and wR 2 = 0.1903 for reflections with I > 2σ( I). In addition, the preliminary biological test showed that the title compound had anti-fungus yeast activity.

  4. Two Fe3(μ3-S)2(CO)8 clusters with terminal N-heterocyclic carbenes.

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    Yang, Wei; Fu, Qiang; Zhao, Jing; Cheng, Huan-Ren; Shi, Yao-Cheng

    2014-06-01

    The title compounds with terminal N-heterocyclic carbenes, namely octacarbonyl(imidazolidinylidene-κC(2))di-μ3-sulfido-triiron(II)(2 Fe-Fe), [Fe3(C3H6N2)(μ3-S)2(CO)8], (I), and octacarbonyl(1-methylimidazo[1,5-a]pyridin-3-ylidene-κC(3))di-μ3-sulfido-triiron(II)(2 Fe-Fe), [Fe3(C8H8N2)(μ3-S)2(CO)8], (II), have been synthesized. Each compound contains two Fe-Fe bonds and two S atoms above and below a triiron triangle. One of the eight carbonyl ligands deviates significantly from linearity. In (I), dimers generated by an N-H···S hydrogen bond are linked into [001] double chains by a second N-H···S hydrogen bond. These chains are packed by a C-H···O hydrogen bond to yield [101] sheets. In (II), dimers generated by an N-H···S hydrogen bond are linked by C-H···O hydrogen bonds to form [111] double chains. PMID:24898951

  5. Higher-order cyclization reactions of alkenyl Fischer carbene complexes: a new selective all-carbon [8 + 2] cyclization with 8-methoxyheptafulvene and computational mechanistic analysis.

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    García-Rodríguez, Jaime; González, Jairo; Santamaría, Javier; Suárez-Sobrino, Ángel L; Rodríguez, Miguel A

    2016-07-28

    A new higher-order cyclization reaction of alkenyl Fischer carbene complexes is described. Chromium and tungsten alkenyl Fischer carbene complexes react toward 8-methoxyheptafulvene through an all-carbon formal [8 + 2] cycloaddition reaction with complete regio- and stereoselectivity. Tetrahydroazulene compounds bearing four consecutive stereocenters are generated. The reaction mechanism is rationalized based on computational calculations. It was found that this transformation proceeds through a concerted process. The nature of the observed stereo- and regioselectivity can be attributed to both steric and electronic factors. PMID:27333539

  6. N-Heterocyclic Carbene Catalyzed [4 + 2] Annulation Reactions with in Situ Generated Heterocyclic ortho-Quinodimethanes.

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    Xu, Jianfeng; Yuan, Shiru; Miao, Maozhong

    2016-08-01

    An efficient strategy for the in situ generation of heterocyclic ortho-quinodimethanes (oQDMs) from 2-methyl-heteroarene-3-carboxylic esters by N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) catalysis is disclosed. These heterocyclic oQDMs undergo highly enantioselective [4 + 2] annulation reactions with isatin-derived ketimines to afford optically pure heteroarene-fused δ-lactams bearing a quaternary stereogenic center. The main features of this reaction include challenging direct C(sp(3))-H bond functionalizations, excellent enantioselectivities, readily available starting materials, mild reaction conditions, high efficiency, and operational simplicity. PMID:27391039

  7. Reductions of aldehydes and ketones with a readily available N-heterocyclic carbene borane and acetic acid

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    Lamm, Vladimir; Pan, Xiangcheng

    2013-01-01

    Summary Acetic acid promotes the reduction of aldehydes and ketones by the readily available N-heterocyclic carbene borane, 1,3-dimethylimidazol-2-ylidene borane. Aldehydes are reduced over 1–24 h at room temperature with 1 equiv of acetic acid and 0.5 equiv of the NHC-borane. Ketone reductions are slower but can be accelerated by using 5 equiv of acetic acid. Aldehydes can be selectively reduced in the presence of ketones. On a small scale, products are isolated by evaporation of the reaction mixture and direct chromatography. PMID:23616812

  8. Evidencing an inner-sphere mechanism for NHC-Au(I)-catalyzed carbene-transfer reactions from ethyl diazoacetate

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    Fructos, Manuel R; Urbano, Juan

    2015-01-01

    Summary Kinetic experiments based on the measurement of nitrogen evolution in the reaction of ethyl diazoacetate (N2CHCO2Et, EDA) and styrene or methanol catalyzed by the [IPrAu]+ core (IPr = 1,3-bis(diisopropylphenyl)imidazole-2-ylidene) have provided evidence that the transfer of the carbene group CHCO2Et to the substrate (styrene or methanol) takes place in the coordination sphere of Au(I) by means of an inner-sphere mechanism, in contrast to the generally accepted proposal of outer-sphere mechanisms for Au(I)-catalyzed reactions. PMID:26664649

  9. N-Heterocyclic Carbene-Gold(I) Complexes Conjugated to a Leukemia-Specific DNA Aptamer for Targeted Drug Delivery.

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    Niu, Weijia; Chen, Xigao; Tan, Weihong; Veige, Adam S

    2016-07-25

    This report describes the synthesis and characterization of novel N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC)-gold(I) complexes and their bioconjugation to the CCRF-CEM-leukemia-specific aptamer sgc8c. Successful bioconjugation was confirmed by the use of fluorescent tags on both the NHC-Au(I) complex and the aptamer. Cell-viability assays indicated that the NHC-Au(I) -aptamer conjugate was more cytotoxic than the NHC-gold complex alone. A combination of flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, and cell-viability assays provided clear evidence that the NHC-Au(I) -aptamer conjugate was selective for targeted CCRF-CEM leukemia cells. PMID:27311814

  10. Computational Investigations of Potential Energy Function Development for Metal--Organic Framework Simulations, Metal Carbenes, and Chemical Warfare Agents

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    Cioce, Christian R.

    Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) are three-dimensional porous nanomaterials with a variety of applications, including catalysis, gas storage and separation, and sustainable energy. Their potential as air filtration systems is of interest for designer carbon capture materials. The chemical constituents (i.e. organic ligands) can be functionalized to create rationally designed CO2 sequestration platforms, for example. Hardware and software alike at the bleeding edge of supercomputing are utilized for designing first principles-based molecular models for the simulation of gas sorption in these frameworks. The classical potentials developed herein are named PHAST --- Potentials with High Accuracy, Speed, and Transferability, and thus are designed via a "bottom-up" approach. Specifically, models for N2 and CH4 are constructed and presented. Extensive verification and validation leads to insights and range of applicability. Through this experience, the PHAST models are improved upon further to be more applicable in heterogeneous environments. Given this, the models are applied to reproducing high level ab initio energies for gas sorption trajectories of helium atoms in a variety of rare-gas clusters, the geometries of which being representative of sorption-like environments commonly encountered in a porous nanomaterial. This work seeks to push forward the state of classical and first principles materials modeling. Additionally, the characterization of a new type of tunable radical metal---carbene is presented. Here, a cobalt(II)---porphyrin complex, [Co(Por)], was investigated to understand its role as an effective catalyst in stereoselective cyclopropanation of a diazoacetate reagent. Density functional theory along with natural bond order analysis and charge decomposition analysis gave insight into the electronics of the catalytic intermediate. The bonding pattern unveiled a new class of radical metal---carbene complex, with a doublet cobalt into which a triplet carbene