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s-Block carbodicarbene chemistry: C(sp(3))-H activation and cyclization mediated by a beryllium center
journal contributionposted on 30.04.2021, 02:24 by Jacob E Walley, Grace Breiner, Guocang Wang, Diane A Dickie, Andrew Molino, Jason Dutton, David 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.