1,2‐Addition of Diethylzinc to a Bis(Imidazolyl)ketone Ligand

1,2‐Addition of Diethylzinc to a Bis(Imidazolyl)ketone Ligand In this study, the selective 1,2‐addition of diethylzinc to the ketone functionality of BMdiPhIK [bis(1‐methyl‐4,5‐diphenylimidazolyl)ketone] is shown. The reaction product is isolated in a dimeric form with a planar Zn2(µ‐O)2‐motif keeping the two monomers together. This compound can serve as a model for reactive intermediates in the catalytic alkylation of ketones with diorganozinc reagents. Hydrolysis of this binuclear zinc compound leads to isolation of the C‐alkylated product in 89 % yield. A reaction pathway is proposed in which BMdiPhIK initially coordinates to diethylzinc as a bidentate bis(nitrogen) ligand. This is followed by the homolytic cleavage of the Zn–Et bond and in‐cage recombination of the Et‐radical and the Zn‐coordinated ligand‐centered radical, which is mainly localized on the carbonyl moiety of the ligand. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry Wiley

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© 2018 WILEY‐VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
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1434-1948
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1099-0682
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10.1002/ejic.201701363
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Abstract

In this study, the selective 1,2‐addition of diethylzinc to the ketone functionality of BMdiPhIK [bis(1‐methyl‐4,5‐diphenylimidazolyl)ketone] is shown. The reaction product is isolated in a dimeric form with a planar Zn2(µ‐O)2‐motif keeping the two monomers together. This compound can serve as a model for reactive intermediates in the catalytic alkylation of ketones with diorganozinc reagents. Hydrolysis of this binuclear zinc compound leads to isolation of the C‐alkylated product in 89 % yield. A reaction pathway is proposed in which BMdiPhIK initially coordinates to diethylzinc as a bidentate bis(nitrogen) ligand. This is followed by the homolytic cleavage of the Zn–Et bond and in‐cage recombination of the Et‐radical and the Zn‐coordinated ligand‐centered radical, which is mainly localized on the carbonyl moiety of the ligand.

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European Journal of Inorganic ChemistryWiley

Published: Jan 14, 2018

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