Aerobic Palladium-Catalyzed Dioxygenation of Alkenes Enabled by Catalytic Nitrite.

Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English)

PubMedID: 25376666

Wickens ZK, Guzmán PE, Grubbs RH. Aerobic Palladium-Catalyzed Dioxygenation of Alkenes Enabled by Catalytic Nitrite. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2014;.
Catalytic nitrite was found to enable carbon-oxygen bond-forming reductive elimination from unstable alkyl palladium intermediates, providing dioxygenated products from alkenes. A variety of functional groups were tolerated, and high yields (up to 94?%) were observed with many substrates, also for a multigram-scale reaction. Nitrogen dioxide, which could form from nitrite under the reaction conditions, was demonstrated to be a potential intermediate in the catalytic cycle. Furthermore, the reductive elimination event was probed with (18) O-labeling experiments, which demonstrated that both oxygen atoms in the difunctionalized products were derived from one molecule of acetic acid.