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Journal of molecular modeling

Theoretical studies on the Mo-catalyzed asymmetric intramolecular Pauson-Khand-type [2+2+1] cycloadditions of 3-allyloxy-1-propynylphosphonates.


PMID 22297921

Abstract

Density functional theory (DFT) was used to investigate the Mo-catalyzed intramolecular Pauson-Khand reaction of 3-allyloxy-1-propynylphosphonates. All intermediates and transition states were optimized completely at the B3LYP/6-31 G(d,p) level [LANL2DZ(f) for Mo]. In the Mo-catalyzed intramolecular Pauson-Khand reaction, the C–C oxidative cyclization reaction was the chirality-determining step, and the reductive elimination reaction was the rate-determining step. The carbonyl insertion reaction into the Mo–C(sp(3)) bondwas easier than into the Mo–C=C bond. And the dominant product predicted theoretically was of (S)-chirality, which agreed with experimental data. This reaction was solventd ependent, and toluene was the best among the three solvents toluene, CH3CN, and THF.