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Rhenabenzenes and Unexpected Coupling Products from the Reactions of Rhenacyclobutadienes with Ethoxyethyne

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posted on 12.01.2015, 00:00 by Ran Lin, Ka-Ho Lee, Herman H. Y. Sung, Ian D. Williams, Zhenyang Lin, Guochen Jia
Treatment of Na­[Re­(CO)5] with methyl 3-(naphthalen-1-yl)­propiolate (NpCCCO2Me) followed by acetyl chloride and alcohols ROH (R = Me, nPr) afforded the rhenacyclobutadiene complexes Re­{-C­(Np)C­(CO2Me)­C­(OR)}­(CO)4. Reactions of these rhenacyclobutadiene complexes with HCCOEt produced the rhenabenzene complexes Re­{-C­(Np)C­(CO2Me)­C­(OR)CHC­(OEt)}­(CO)4 and new rhenacyclobutadienes with a pendant vinyl substituent Re­{-C­(Np)C­(C­(OR)CH­(CO2Et))­C­(OMe)}­(CO)4. In the vinyl-substituted rhenacyclobutadiene products, the ethyl of the ester group is from the alkyne HCCOEt, the alkyl of the ReC­(OR) group is from the ester group of the starting rhenacyclobutadienes, and the alkyl group of the OR of the vinyl substituent is from the ReC­(OR) group of the starting rhenacyclobutadienes. A plausible mechanism for the formation of the vinyl-substituted rhenacyclobutadienes is discussed.

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