The Remote Activation of Chemical Bonds via Metal Coordination

Moonhyun Oh, Kunquan Yu, Huazhi Li, Eric J. Watson, Gene B. Carpenter, Dwight A. Sweigart

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The activation of chemical bonds to cleavage by mild metal nucleophiles can be achieved by precoordination of a transition metal fragment to a site remote from the bond in question. The following bonds have been activated in this manner by η6-coordination to an internal arene ring: C-C in biphenylene, C-S in benzothiophene and dibenzothiophene, C-Se in benzoselenophene, C-O in benzofuran, and N-H in indole.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1053-1060
Number of pages8
JournalAdvanced Synthesis and Catalysis
Issue number9-10
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Sep 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry

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    Oh, M., Yu, K., Li, H., Watson, E. J., Carpenter, G. B., & Sweigart, D. A. (2003). The Remote Activation of Chemical Bonds via Metal Coordination. Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, 345(9-10), 1053-1060.