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Chiral Palladium Bis(acyclic diaminocarbene) Complexes as Enantioselective Catalysts for the Aza-Claisen Rearrangement

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posted on 14.01.2008, 00:00 authored by Yoshitha A. Wanniarachchi, Yuri Kogiso, LeGrande M. Slaughter
Palladium complexes of chiral bis(acyclic diaminocarbene) ligands with seven-membered chelate rings catalyze the aza-Claisen rearrangement of an allylic benzimidate to an allylic amide with moderate yields and enantioselectivities of 30–59% ee. The promotion of electrophilic catalysis by complexes of these ligands highlights their distinct stereoelectronic properties relative to those of common bis(N-heterocyclic carbenes).