URL with Digital Object Identifier
The chemistry of a palladium(II) complex containing both an alkyl- and an aryl-palladium bond is reported. The reaction of [Pd(CH2CMe2C6H4)(MesN=CHCH=NMes)] with bromine or iodine leads to reductive elimination of 1,1-dimethylcyclobutabenzene with formation of [PdX2(MesN=CHCH=NMes)] (X = Br, I). However, the reaction with hydrogen peroxide gives [Pd(CH2CMe2C6H4O)(MesN=CHCH=NMes)] by overall oxygen atom insertion into the aryl-palladium rather than the alkyl-palladium bond. This complex [Pd(CH2CMe2C6H4O)(MesN=CHCH=NMes)] reacts with bromine, iodine, or hydrogen peroxide to give 3,3-dimethyl-2,3-dihydrobenzofuran and the corresponding complex [PdX2(MesN=CHCH=NMes)]. The mechanisms of reaction and basis for selectivity are discussed. The results support the view that oxygen atom insertion is a mechanistically viable pathway for selective catalytic oxidation of hydrocarbons by the green oxidant hydrogen peroxide.
Citation of this paper:
Ava Behnia, Paul D. Boyle, Johanna M. Blacquiere, and Richard J. Puddephatt Organometallics 2016 35(16), 2645-2654