Catalytic synthesis of n-alkyl arenes through alkyl group cross-metathesis

Graham E. Dobereiner, Jian Yuan, Richard R. Schrock, Alan S. Goldman, Jason D. Hackenberg

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n-Alkyl arenes were prepared in a one-pot tandem dehydrogenation/olefin metathesis/hydrogenation sequence directly from alkanes and ethylbenzene. Excellent selectivity was observed when (tBuPCP)IrH2 was paired with tungsten monoaryloxide pyrrolide complexes such as W(NAr)(C 3H6)(pyr)(OHIPT) (1a) [Ar = 2,6-i-Pr2C 6H3; pyr = pyrrolide; OHIPT = 2,6-(2,4,6-i-Pr 3C6H2)2C6H3O]. Complex 1a was also especially active in n-octane self-metathesis, providing the highest product concentrations reported to date. The thermal stability of selected olefin metathesis catalysts allowed elevated temperatures and extended reaction times to be employed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12572-12575
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number34
Publication statusPublished - Aug 28 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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