Synthesis, Structure and Catalytic Activity of NHC-AgICarboxylate Complexes

Valerie H. L. Wong, Sai V. C. Vummaleti, Luigi Cavallo, Andrew J. P. White, Steven P. Nolan, King Kuok Mimi Hii

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A general synthetic route was used to prepare 15 new N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC)–AgI complexes bearing anionic carboxylate ligands [Ag(NHC)(O2CR)], including a homologous series of complexes of sterically flexible ITent ligands, which permit a systematic spectroscopic and theoretical study of the structural and electronic features of these compounds. The complexes displayed a significant ligand-accelerated effect in the intramolecular cyclisation of propargylic amides to oxazolidines. The substrate scope is highly complementary to that previously achieved by NHC–Au and pyridyl–AgI complexes. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13320-13327
Number of pages8
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number37
StatePublished - Aug 2 2016


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