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Séminaire Chimie ED459

Pd catalysts for the stereoselective synthesis of polycyclic aromatic compounds – from catalysis to all metal aromaticity

Prof. Max Malacria (ICSN Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles, UPR 2301 CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette)

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Le Jeudi 22 janvier 2015 à 14h
ENSCM, amphithéâtre de Forcrand (attention, lieu et horaire modifiés)

Palladium/norbornene joint catalysis gives rise to a unique system in which the three most common formal oxidation states of the metal are at work in the same cycle (0, II, and IV) [1]. This presentation will summarize a selection of synthetic applications and the feasibility of Pd(IV) formation by oxidative addition of arylhalides. On this intermediate, the presence of a suitable chelating group could trigger unexpected aryl–norbornyl coupling, further broadening the scope of readily available polycyclic frameworks[2]. A straightforward total synthesis of a small panel of natural benzo[c]phenanthridines will be described [3].

In addition a straightforward access to dibenzo[c,e]azepines will demonstrate the performance of this joint palladium/norbornene organometallic catalysis. These synthetically challenging polycyclic frameworks are formed in a one pot procedure via a three-component coupling of an aryl iodide, a bromobenzylamine, and an olefin. A key, atroposelective aryl–aryl coupling from chelated Pd(IV) intermediates dictates the outcome of the cascade. DFT modeling sheds light on the complex mechanism that allows the complete diasteroselectivity to be observed [4].

Finally the first synthesis of C3-symmetric 44-core-valence-electron triangular palladium clusters, [{(SR’)(PR3)Pd}3]+ will be presented. Owing to delocalized metal–metal bonding, these stable complexes are the first noble-metal analogues of the aromatic cyclopropenyl cation [C3H3]+, with their all-metal aromaticity involving d-type atomic orbitals [5]. Moreover, the first application of metal-aromatic clusters in catalysis has been realized.


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4. V. Narbonne, P. Retailleau, G. Maestri, M. Malacria, Org. Lett. 2014, 16, 628–631.
5. S. Blanchard, L. Fensterbank, E. Lacôte, G. Gontard, M. Malacria, G. Maestri, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 1981–1991.

Contact local IBMM : Prof. Alberto Marra (équipe Glycochimie Reconnaissance Moléculaire)


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