Unprecedented copper(I) bifluoride complexes: Synthesis, characterization and reactivity

T. Vergote, F. Nahra, A. Welle, N. Mager, O. Riant, T. Leyssens, M. Luhmer, J. Wouters

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To be or not to bifluoride: Two synthetic pathways to unprecedented N-heterocyclic carbene copper(I) bifluoride complexes have been developed (see scheme). Catalytic tests demonstrated that copper(I) bifluorides are very efficient catalysts, which do not require any additional activating agent. The first Cu-catalyzed diastereoselective allylation of (R)-N-tert-butanesulfinyl aldimines was also established. The method enables efficient, simple and general synthesis of enantiomerically enriched homoallylic amines at room temperature in high yields.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)793-798
Number of pages6
JournalChemistry: A European Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jan 2012


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