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Journal of the American Chemical Society

Methoxy-directed aryl-to-aryl 1,3-rhodium migration.


PMID 24171626

Abstract

Through-space metal/hydrogen shift is an important strategy for transition-metal-catalyzed C-H bond activation. Here we describe the synthesis and characterization of a Rh(I) 2,6-dimethoxybenzoate complex that underwent stoichiometric rearrangement via a highly unusual 1,3-rhodium migration. This aryl-to-aryl 1,3-Rh/H shift was also demonstrated in a Rh(I)-catalyzed decarboxylative conjugate addition to form a C-C bond at a meta position instead of the ipso-carboxyl position. A deuterium-labeling study under the conditions of Rh(I)-catalyzed protodecarboxylation revealed the involvement of an ortho-methoxy group in a multistep pathway of consecutive sp(3) and sp(2) C-H bond activations.

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