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Boron-Complexation Strategy for Use with 1-Acyldipyrromethanes

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posted on 06.08.2004, 00:00 by Kannan Muthukumaran, Marcin Ptaszek, Bruce Noll, W. Robert Scheidt, Jonathan S. Lindsey
1-Acyldipyrromethanes are important precursors in rational syntheses of diverse porphyrinic compounds. 1-Acyldipyrromethanes are difficult to purify, typically streaking upon chromatography and giving amorphous powders upon attempted crystallization. A solution to this problem has been achieved by reacting the 1-acyldipyrromethane with a dialkylboron triflate (e.g., Bu2B-OTf or 9-BBN-OTf) to give the corresponding B,B-dialkyl-B-(1-acyldipyrromethane)boron(III) complex. The reaction is selective for a 1-acyldipyrromethane in the presence of a dipyrromethane. The 1-acyldipyrromethane−boron complexes are stable to routine handling, are soluble in common organic solvents, are hydrophobic, crystallize readily, and chromatograph without streaking. The 1-acyldipyrromethane can be liberated in high yield from the boron complex upon treatment with 1-pentanol. Alternatively, the 1-acyldipyrromethane−boron complex can be used in the formation of a trans-A2B2-porphyrin. In summary, the boron-complexation strategy has broad scope and greatly facilitates the isolation of 1-acyldipyrromethanes.