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Isolable and Well-Defined Butadienyl Organocopper(I) Aggregates: Facile Synthesis, Structural Characterization, and Reaction Chemistry

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posted on 15.01.2014, 00:00 authored by Weizhi Geng, Junnian Wei, Wen-Xiong Zhang, Zhenfeng Xi
Four types of alkenyl organocopper­(I) aggregates linked by 1,3-butadienyl and/or 1,3,5,7-octatetraenyl moieties were selectively realized in good isolated yields. All these organocopper­(I) aggregates were structurally characterized by single-crystal X-ray structural analysis. These unprecedented aggregates, stabilized by multiple Cu–Cu interactions and the conjugated 1,3-butadienyl or 1,3,5,7-octatetraenyl bridges, could undergo controlled structural transformations. The 1,4-dicopper 1,3-butadienyl aggregate 3 could be efficiently transformed to aggregate 2, while LiI could disaggregate the 1,3-butadienyl-1,3,5,7-octatetraenyl aggregate 4 to 1,3,5,7-octatetraenyl aggregate 5 and 1,3-butadienyl aggregate 2. Preliminary reaction chemistry and synthetic applications of these organocopper­(I) aggregates were also investigated.