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Alkyl Carbon–Oxygen Bond Cleavage of Aryl Alkyl Ethers by Iridium–Porphyrin and Rhodium–Porphyrin Complexes in Alkaline Media

Alkyl Carbon–Oxygen Bond Cleavage of Aryl Alkyl Ethers by Iridium–Porphyrin and Rhodium–Porphyrin Complexes in Alkaline Media
Kin Shing Chan, Chen Chen
Alkyl C–O bond cleavage in aryl alkyl ethers was achieved with Rh(ttp)Cl (1a; ttp = 5,10,15,20-tetrakis(p-tolyl)porphyrinato dianion) together with competitive alkyl C–H bond activation in alkaline media. In contrast, selective alkyl C–O bond cleavage occurred with the iridium–porphyrin Ir(ttp)(CO)Cl (1b)/KOH. Mechanistic investigations indicate the coexistence of MI(ttp) and M2II(ttp)2 (M = Rh, Ir) under basic conditions. With a weaker Rh(ttp)–Rh(ttp) bond, RhII(ttp)· metalloradical exists in an appreciable amount to cleave the alkyl C–H bond, competing with the alkyl C–O bond cleavage via RhI(ttp). In contrast, the more nucleophilic IrI(ttp) cleaves the alkyl C–O bond exclusively.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.organomet.7b00386

DOI: 10.1021/acs.organomet.7b00386

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