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The reaction of bis(1,2,4-tri-t-butylcyclopentadienyl)ceriumbenzyl, Cp′2CeCH2Ph, with methylhalides: a metathesis reaction that does not proceed by a metathesis transition state

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The experimental reaction between [1,2,4-(Me3C)3C5H2]2CeCH2Ph and CH3X, X = F, Cl, Br, and I, yields the metathetical exchange products, [1,2,4-(Me3C)3C5H2]2CeX and CH3CH2Ph. The reaction is complicated by the equilibrium between the benzyl derivative and the metallacycle [1,2,4-(Me3C)3C5H2][(Me3C)2C5H2C(CH3)2CH2]Ce, plus toluene since the metallacycle reacts with CH3X. Labelling studies show that the methyl group of the methylhalide is transferred intact to the benzyl group. The mechanism, as revealed by DFT calculations on (C5H5)2CeCH2Ph and CH3F, does not proceed by way of a four-center mechanism, a σ-bond metathesis, but by a lower barrier process involving a haptotropic shift of the Cp2Ce fragment so that at the transition state the para-carbon of the benzene ring is attached to the Cp2Ce fragment while the CH2 fragment of the benzyl group attacks CH3F that is activated by coordination to the metal ion. As a result the mechanism is classified as an associative interchange process.

Graphical abstract: The reaction of bis(1,2,4-tri-t-butylcyclopentadienyl)ceriumbenzyl, Cp′2CeCH2Ph, with methylhalides: a metathesis reaction that does not proceed by a metathesis transition state

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The article was received on 02 Sep 2009, accepted on 01 Dec 2009 and first published on 10 Feb 2010


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B918103B
Citation: Dalton Trans., 2010,39, 6648-6660

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    The reaction of bis(1,2,4-tri-t-butylcyclopentadienyl)ceriumbenzyl, Cp′2CeCH2Ph, with methylhalides: a metathesis reaction that does not proceed by a metathesis transition state

    E. L. Werkema, R. A. Andersen, L. Maron and O. Eisenstein, Dalton Trans., 2010, 39, 6648
    DOI: 10.1039/B918103B

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