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Journal of the American Chemical Society

Ruthenium-catalyzed transformation of aryl and alkenyl triflates to halides.


PMID 22916734

Abstract

Aryl triflates were transformed to aryl bromides/iodides simply by treating them with LiBr/NaI and [Cp*Ru(MeCN)(3)]OTf. The ruthenium complex also catalyzed the transformation of alkenyl sulfonates and phosphates to alkenyl halides under mild conditions. Aryl and alkenyl triflates undergo oxidative addition to a ruthenium(II) complex to form η(1)-arylruthenium and 1-ruthenacyclopropene intermediates, respectively, which are transformed to the corresponding halides.