A new method for the syn-dichlorination of alkenes at room temperature has been proposed by Denmark et al. The method uses diselenide (PhSeSePh) as the precatalyst, benzyltriethylammonium chloride (BnEt3NCl) as the source of chlorine, and an N-fluoropyridinium salt as the oxidant to recover the catalyst. This approach has achieved exquisite diastereocontrol on a number of alkene substrates. In this paper, we report the results of DFT calculations we performed to study the mechanism of this reaction. We were able to identify a reasonable reaction path, including the intermediate and transition-state structures. The results also indicate that PhSeCl3, rather than PhSeCl, is the active catalyst.
Journal of Molecular Modeling – Springer Journals
Published: Mar 13, 2018
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