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J Am Chem Soc. 2005 Nov 30;127(47):16342-3.

A transition-metal-catalyzed enediyne cycloaromatization.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California 92093-0358, USA.


The pentamethylcyclopentadienyl iron cation, generated from [(eta5-C5Me5)Fe(NCMe)3]PF6, triggers the room temperature cycloaromatization of acyclic and alicyclic enediynes, in the presence of either 1,4-cyclohexadiene or terpinene as the hydrogen-atom donor, to give metal-arene products in good to excellent yields. Photolysis of the metal-arene complexes liberates the arene from the metal in excellent yield. The first demonstration of a transition-metal-catalyzed cycloaromatization of conjugated enediynes has been achieved under photochemical conditions utilizing either [(eta5-C5Me5)Fe(NCMe)3]PF6 or [(eta5-C5Me5)Fe(eta6-1,2-(Prn)2C6H4)]PF6 as the catalyst precursor. The use of a metal and light has led to a convenient method for cycloaromatization of a trans-enediyne.

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