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s-Block carbodicarbene chemistry: C(sp(3))-H activation and cyclization mediated by a beryllium center

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posted on 2021-04-30, 02:24 authored by Jacob E Walley, Grace Breiner, Guocang Wang, Diane A Dickie, Andrew MolinoAndrew Molino, Jason DuttonJason Dutton, David WilsonDavid Wilson, Robert J Gilliard
The first examples of carbodicarbene (CDC)-s-block complexes have been synthesized. The addition of base or reducing agent to a CDC-beryllium (chloride)(hexamethyldisilazide) adduct results in the unprecedented activation of a pendant C(sp )-H bond and cyclization of the CDC to form a five-membered beryllium metallacycle. This also represents the first example of chemical activation of a CDC which transforms the ligand from monodentate neutral to chelating anionic.


The authors are grateful to the University of Virginia for support of this work. We also thank Xiaofan Jia for assistance with large scale hydrogenation reactions necessary for ligand preparation. Generous allocation of computing resources from National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) and La Trobe University are acknowledged.


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Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)



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