Selective, radical-free activation of benzylic C-H bonds in methylarenes

Chan, Antony PY ORCID: 0000-0002-4518-9463, Jakoobi, Martin, Wang, Chenxu, Tian, Yancong ORCID: 0000-0001-9075-0363, Halcovitch, Nathan, Boulatov, Roman ORCID: 0000-0002-7601-4279 and Sergeev, Alexey G ORCID: 0000-0003-1587-2517
(2021) Selective, radical-free activation of benzylic C-H bonds in methylarenes. CHEMICAL COMMUNICATIONS, 57 (64). pp. 7894-7897.

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We report rare examples of exclusive benzylic C-H oxidative addition in industrially important methylarenes using simple η4-arene iridium complexes. Mechanistic studies showed that coordinatively unsaturated η2-arene intermediates are responsible for the selective activation of benzylic, not aromatic C-H bonds and formation of stable benzyl complexes after trapping with a phosphine ligand.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Physical Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2021 06:52
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 21:36
DOI: 10.1039/d1cc03445f
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