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Transmetalation from B to Rh in the course of the catalytic asymmetric 1,4-addition reaction of phenylboronic acid to enones: a computational comparison of diphosphane and diene ligands

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Transmetalation is a key elementary reaction of many important catalytic reactions. Among these, 1,4-addition of arylboronic acids to organic acceptors such as α,β-unsaturated ketones has emerged as one of the most important methods for asymmetric C–C bond formation. A key intermediate for the B-to-Rh transfer arising from quaternization on a boronic acid by a Rh-bound hydroxide (the active catalyst) has been proposed. Herein, DFT calculations (IEFPCM/PBE0/DGDZVP level of theory) establish the viability of this proposal, and characterize the associated pathways. The delivery of phenylboronic acid in the orientation suited for the B-to-Rh transfer from the very beginning is energetically preferable, and occurs with expulsion of Rh-coordinated water molecules. For the bulkier binap ligand, the barriers are higher (particularly for the phenylboronic acid activation step) due to a less favourable entropy term to the free energy, in accordance with the experimentally observed slower transmetalation rate.

Graphical abstract: Transmetalation from B to Rh in the course of the catalytic asymmetric 1,4-addition reaction of phenylboronic acid to enones: a computational comparison of diphosphane and diene ligands

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The article was received on 13 Oct 2014, accepted on 13 Nov 2014 and first published on 14 Nov 2014


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C4DT03147D
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Dalton Trans., 2015,44, 2737-2746

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    Transmetalation from B to Rh in the course of the catalytic asymmetric 1,4-addition reaction of phenylboronic acid to enones: a computational comparison of diphosphane and diene ligands

    Y. Li, G. He, H. Qin and E. A. B. Kantchev, Dalton Trans., 2015, 44, 2737
    DOI: 10.1039/C4DT03147D

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