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Ruthenium-Catalyzed Allylic Substitution of Cyclic Allyl Carbonates with Nucleophiles. Stereoselectivity and Scope of the Reaction

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posted on 1999-10-13, 00:00 authored by Yasuhiro Morisaki, Teruyuki Kondo, Take-aki Mitsudo
CpRuCl(cod)/NH4PF6 (Cp = cyclopentadienyl, cod = 1,5-cyclooctadiene) is an effective catalyst system for the allylic substitution of cyclic allyl carbonates with nucleophiles. This catalyst system enables the first investigation of the stereochemical course of the ruthenium-catalyzed allylic substitution reaction, in which the reaction proceeds with an overall retention of configuration. The stoichiometric reaction of trans-5-(methoxycarbonyl)cyclohex-2-enyl chloride with Cp*RuCl(cod) (Cp* = pentamethylcyclopentadienyl) gave the unexpected complex Cp*Ru(η6-C6H5CO2Me)+ by the rapid dehydrohalogenation/dehydrogenation of the desired Cp*RuCl23-C6H8CO2Me) complex.