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Organocopper(III) Spiro Complexes: Synthesis, Structural Characterization, and Redox Transformation

Organocopper(III) Spiro Complexes: Synthesis, Structural Characterization, and Redox Transformation
Liang Liu, Wen-Xiong Zhang, Miaomiao Zhu, Zhenfeng Xi, Hai-Tao Yu
Reductive elimination of Cu(III) intermediates is often proposed as a key step in many copper-catalyzed or -mediated formation of C–C or C–heteroatom bonds. However, there still lacks concrete evidence on this key step, mainly because Cu(III) complexes are usually too unstable to be isolated and structurally characterized. In this work, novel organocopper(III) spiro complexes and their analogous organocopper(I) spiro complexes were synthesized and structurally characterized. Single-crystal X-ray structural analysis revealed that the spiro Cu(III) atom adopted a distorted square-planar geometry while its corresponding spiro Cu(I) atom was tetrahedrally coordinated. A redox transformation between these spiro Cu(I) and Cu(III) complexes was experimentally observed by reacting with reductants or oxidants, respectively. As concrete evidence, the organocopper(III) spiro compounds were found to form C–C bonds intramolecularly via reductive elimination.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jacs.7b08803

DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b08803

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