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A New Route to Acyclic Diaminocarbenes via Lithium−Halogen Exchange

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journal contribution
posted on 06.08.2009 by David R. Snead, Ion Ghiviriga, Khalil A. Abboud, Sukwon Hong
A lithium−halogen exchange route has been developed to generate acyclic diaminocarbenes (ADC) from chloroamidinium salts. Convenient access to various ADC complexes (B, Rh, Ir, Pd) stems from a one-pot transmetalation protocol. Formation of a carbenoid species is suggested by 1D and 2D NMR studies with a 13C-labeled chloroamidinium precursor and also by X-ray structures of transition metal−carbene complexes. Rh-ADC complex 4 is an effective catalyst for the 1,2-addition of aryl boronic acids to aryl aldehydes.