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Anilideactivation of adjacent C–H bonds in the palladium-catalysed Fujiwara–Moritani reaction

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Abstract

The Pd(II)-catalysed oxidative counterpart of the Heck reaction, originally described by Fujiwara and Moritani, has been studied in detail by a combination of NMR, single-crystal X-ray diffraction and substrate variation. The process involves a palladacycle that is a true intermediate in catalysis. Pd(OAc)2 is first converted into a more electrophilic palladium species for effective catalysis, defining the main role of added acid. In the course of these studies, three palladacyclic intermediates have been characterised by X-ray diffraction, firstly the directly produced acetate complex 1, the camphorsulfonate complex 2, and additionally tosylate 3, isolated from a reacting system, demonstrating the accessibility of a cationic or comparably electrophilic palladium entity under turnover conditions. The isolated palladacycle 3 is also an effective catalyst. The reaction rate shows a first-order dependency on [anilide] and [Pd], but not on benzoquinone, alkene or p-TsOH. Acid, in the form of p-TsOH, is an essential component, whereas acetate is dispensable. A crossover experiment involving distinct substitution in reactant and palladacycle demonstrates that the palladacycle is directly involved in the catalysis.

Graphical abstract: Anilide activation of adjacent C–H bonds in the palladium-catalysed Fujiwara–Moritani reaction

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Submitted
27 Apr 2010
Accepted
17 Jun 2010
First published
11 Oct 2010

Dalton Trans., 2010,39, 10414-10421
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Anilide activation of adjacent C–H bonds in the palladium-catalysed Fujiwara–Moritani reaction

W. Rauf, A. L. Thompson and J. M. Brown, Dalton Trans., 2010, 39, 10414
DOI: 10.1039/C0DT00378F

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