Selective C(alkenyl)–H Activation Enabled by a Transient Directing Group – Manuscript In Press in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.

The final version of our collaborative study with the laboratory of Prof. Peng Liu on site-selective palladium(II)-catalyzed C(alkenyl)–H activation enabled by a transient directing group (TDG) appears online today in Angewandte Chemie International Edition. This project continues our research program in developing alkene functionalization reactions that take advantage of reversible attachment of a catalytic mediator (i.e., a TDG). In this work, we show that the presence of a tailored carboxylic acid co-catalyst in conjunction with an amino acid TDG enables C(alkenyl)–H activtion via an exo-palladacycle intermediate. We develop an atropselective method that enables access to axially chiral substituted 1,3-dienes, synthesize alkenyl palladacycle model complexes, and examine the reaction mechanism through DFT. Congrats to Mingyu, Juntao, Tugce, Hui-Qi, and Raul for a great paper!

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As a reminder, a pre-print of the paper was deposited in ChemRxiv in March: