Catalytic C-H/olefin coupling

Shinji Mural, Fumitoshi Kakiuchi, Shinya Sekine, Yasuo Tanaka, Asayuki Kamatani, Motohiro Sonoda, Naoto Chatani

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Several ruthenium complexes have been found to catalyze the addition of the C-H bond of arenes to olefins. Phenyl methyl ketone undergoes addition at its ortho position across the double bond of trimethylvinylsilane in the presence of a catalytic amount of RuH2(CO)(PPh3)3 to give 1 : 1 and 1 : 2 coupling products. In the latter, the two ortho hydrogens have reacted. Similarly, 2-methylphenyl methyl ketone reacts with trimethylvinylsilane and triethoxyvinylsilane to give the corresponding 1 : 1 coupling products in virtually quantitative yields. The results represent a breakthrough in the chemistry of carbon-hydrogen bond cleavage by metal complexes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1527-1534
Number of pages8
JournalPure and Applied Chemistry
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1994 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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