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Iron(II) Complexes Bearing Tridentate PNP Pincer-Type Ligands as Catalysts for the Selective Formation of 3-Hydroxyacrylates from Aromatic Aldehydes and Ethyldiazoacetate

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posted on 01.01.2007, 00:00 by David Benito-Garagorri, Julia Wiedermann, Martin Pollak, Kurt Mereiter, Karl Kirchner
Several new iron(II) complexes of the types [Fe(PNP)(CO)(CH3CN)2]2+, [Fe(PNP)(CO)2Br]+, and Fe(PNP)Cl2 containing tridentate PNP pincer-type ligands have been prepared and characterized. Some of them turned out to be efficient catalysts for the coupling of aromatic aldehydes with ethyldiazoacetate (EDA) to give 3-hydroxyacrylates. These reactions are highly chemoselective, proceed under mild conditions, exhibit good scope, and circumvent the need of slow addition of EDA at low temperature.