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Laboratory of Industrial and Synthetic Organic Chemistry (LISOC), Department of Chemistry and Chemical Technologies, University of Calabria, Via Pietro Bucci, 12/C, 87036 Arcavacata di Rende, Italy
Laboratory of Industrial and Synthetic Organic Chemistry (LISOC), Department of Chemistry and Chemical Technologies, University of Calabria, Via Pietro Bucci 12/C, 87036 Arcavacata di Rende, CS, Italy
State Key Laboratory for Modification of Chemical Fibers and Polymer Materials, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Donghua University, Shanghai 201620, China

Organocatalysis and Transition-Metal Catalysis: Key Trends in Synthetic Chemistry and Challenges

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Dear Colleagues,

Organocatalysis and transition metal catalysis play a fundamental role in current organic synthesis, for the production of high-value-added molecules starting from simple and readily available building blocks under greener and more sustainable conditions. The importance of this topic is clearly demonstrated by the Nobel prize awarded in 2021 to Benjamin List and David MacMillan “for the development of asymmetric organocatalysis” and in 2010 to Richard F. Heck, Ei-ichi Negishi, and Akira Suzuki “for palladium-catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis”. In fact, organocatalysis and transition metal catalysis are powerful synthetic methodologies which allow the preparation of complex, multifunctionalized molecules in one step via the assembly of simple building blocks through an ordered sequence of mechanistic steps promoted by either an organic species or a metal center. Although enormous progress has been made in this field in recent decades, this kind of chemistry is bound to become even more important in the future of organic synthesis, owing to the more stringent requirements for the development of highly step- and atom economic sustainable processes, and will continue to attract the interest of chemists around the world, both in academia and industry.

Prof. Dr. Bartolo Gabriele
Prof. Dr. Raffaella Mancuso
Prof. Dr. Zhengguo Cai
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Keywords

  • catalysis
  • green chemistry
  • organic synthesis
  • transition-metal catalysis
  • sustainable chemistry

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Catalysts
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Chemistry
chemistry
2.1 2.5 2019 19.1 Days CHF 1800
Molbank
molbank
0.6 0.7 1997 15.5 Days CHF 500
Molecules
molecules
4.6 6.7 1996 14.6 Days CHF 2700

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1-{(1S,2S,4R)-7,7-Dimethyl-1-[(pyrrolidin-1-yl)methyl]bicyclo [2.2.1]heptan-2-yl}-1H-benzo[d]imidazole
Molbank 2023, 2023(1), M1538; https://doi.org/10.3390/M1538 - 06 Jan 2023
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A three-step synthesis of 1-{(1S,2S,4R)-7,7-dimethyl-1-[(pyrrolidin-1-yl)methyl]bicyclo[2.2.1]heptan-2-yl}-1H-benzo[d]imidazole, prepared from camphor derived diamine, is disclosed. The absolute configuration at the chiral center bearing benzo[d]imidazole moiety was confirmed by NOESY. The structure of a newly [...] Read more.
A three-step synthesis of 1-{(1S,2S,4R)-7,7-dimethyl-1-[(pyrrolidin-1-yl)methyl]bicyclo[2.2.1]heptan-2-yl}-1H-benzo[d]imidazole, prepared from camphor derived diamine, is disclosed. The absolute configuration at the chiral center bearing benzo[d]imidazole moiety was confirmed by NOESY. The structure of a newly synthesized compound was confirmed by 1H- and 13C-NMR, 2D NMR, IR spectroscopy, and high resolution mass-spectrometry. Full article
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Article
Squaramide-Catalyzed Asymmetric Mannich Reaction between 1,3-Dicarbonyl Compounds and Pyrazolinone Ketimines: A Pathway to Enantioenriched 4-Pyrazolyl- and 4-Isoxazolyl-4-aminopyrazolone Derivatives
Molecules 2022, 27(20), 6983; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules27206983 - 17 Oct 2022
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A series of N-Boc ketimines derived from pyrazolin-5-ones have been used as electrophiles in enantioselective Mannich reactions with different 1,3-dicarbonyl compounds. This method provides a direct pathway to access the 4-amino-5-pyrazolone derivatives bearing a quaternary substituted stereocenter and containing two privileged structure motifs, [...] Read more.
A series of N-Boc ketimines derived from pyrazolin-5-ones have been used as electrophiles in enantioselective Mannich reactions with different 1,3-dicarbonyl compounds. This method provides a direct pathway to access the 4-amino-5-pyrazolone derivatives bearing a quaternary substituted stereocenter and containing two privileged structure motifs, the β-diketone and pyrazolinone substructures. The adducts were obtained in excellent yields (up to 90%) and enantioselectivities (up to 94:6 er) by employing a very low loading of 2 mol% of a quinine-derived bifunctional squaramide as an organocatalyst for a wide range of substrates. In addition, the utility of the obtained products was demonstrated through one step transformations to enantioenriched diheterocyclic systems (4-pyrazolyl-pyrazolone and 4-isoxazolyl-pyrazolone), potentially promising candidates for drug discovery. Full article
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Communication
Synthesis, Characterization, and Structure of Mixed-Ligand Cobalt (II) Complex with N, O Donor Sites
Molbank 2022, 2022(3), M1447; https://doi.org/10.3390/M1447 - 16 Sep 2022
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A mononuclear octahedral mixed-ligand cobalt (II) complex [Co(H2L)(PhCOO)2] (1) has been prepared by using H2L (N,N′-dimethyl-N,N′-bi(2-hydroxy-3,5-di methyl benzyl)-ethylenediamine) as a facially coordinating tetradentate ligand with a N [...] Read more.
A mononuclear octahedral mixed-ligand cobalt (II) complex [Co(H2L)(PhCOO)2] (1) has been prepared by using H2L (N,N′-dimethyl-N,N′-bi(2-hydroxy-3,5-di methyl benzyl)-ethylenediamine) as a facially coordinating tetradentate ligand with a N2O2 donor center along with sodium benzoate as an ancillary ligand. Complex 1 has been characterized by a single-crystal X-ray diffraction study, as well as by other spectroscopic tools. The complex crystallizes in the monoclinic space group C2 with a = 31.73(3) Å, b = 7.868(3) Å, c = 19.131(15) Å, and β = 125.25(3)°. The single-crystal X-ray diffraction study shows that in the mononuclear cobalt (II) complex [Co(H2L)(PhCOO)2] (1), the metal center adopts an octahedral environment. Full article
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Photocatalytic Isomerization of (E)-Anethole to (Z)-Anethole
Molecules 2022, 27(16), 5342; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules27165342 - 22 Aug 2022
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Natural product (E)-anethole was isomerized to (Z)-anethole in a photocatalytic reaction. For this purpose, a self-designed cheap photoreactor was constructed. Among 11 photosensitizers (organo and metal complex compounds), Ir(p-tBu-ppy)3 led to the highest conversion. Triplet energies [...] Read more.
Natural product (E)-anethole was isomerized to (Z)-anethole in a photocatalytic reaction. For this purpose, a self-designed cheap photoreactor was constructed. Among 11 photosensitizers (organo and metal complex compounds), Ir(p-tBu-ppy)3 led to the highest conversion. Triplet energies of (E)- and (Z)-anethole were predicted theoretically by DFT calculations to support the selection of appropriate photosensitizers. A catalyst loading of 0.1 mol% gave up to 90% conversion in gram scale. Further additives were not required and mild irradiation with light of 400 nm overnight was sufficient. As a proof of concept, (E)- and (Z)-anethole were dihydroxylated diastereoselectively to obtain diastereomerically pure like- and unlike-configured diols, respectively. Full article
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Short Note
Chlorido-(η6-p-cymene)-(bis(pyrazol-1-yl)methane-κ2N,N′)Osmium(II) Tetrafluoroborate, C17H22BClF4N4Os
Molbank 2022, 2022(3), M1429; https://doi.org/10.3390/M1429 - 18 Aug 2022
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The powder of the arene osmium(II) complex, [Os(II)(dpzm)(η6-p-cym)Cl]BF4 (dpzm = di(1H-pyrazol-1-yl)methane; η6-p-cym = para-cymene), with a formula of C17H22BClF4N4Os (referred to herein [...] Read more.
The powder of the arene osmium(II) complex, [Os(II)(dpzm)(η6-p-cym)Cl]BF4 (dpzm = di(1H-pyrazol-1-yl)methane; η6-p-cym = para-cymene), with a formula of C17H22BClF4N4Os (referred to herein as 1) was isolated from the reaction of [(η6-p-cym)Os(μ-Cl)(Cl)]2 with dpzm dissolved in acetonitrile and under a flow of nitrogen gas. It was characterized by spectroscopic techniques (viz., FTIR, 1H NMR, UV-Visible absorption). Yellow crystal blocks of 1 were grown by the slow evaporation from the methanolic solution of its powder. The single-crystal X-ray structure of 1 was solved by diffraction analysis on a Bruker APEX Duo CCD area detector diffractometer using the Cu(Kα), λ = 1.54178 Å as the radiation source, and 1 crystallizes in the monoclinic crystal system and the C2/c (no. 15) space group. Full article
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Short Note
Diethyl(benzamido(diisopropoxyphosphoryl)methyl) phosphonate
Molbank 2022, 2022(3), M1424; https://doi.org/10.3390/M1424 - 11 Aug 2022
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Bisphosphonates are widely used in medicine and related areas, mainly for the treatment of bone diseases, such as osteoporosis. However, their synthesis is usually performed under harsh reaction conditions. In order to overcome this limitation, the present work illustrates a new synthetic route [...] Read more.
Bisphosphonates are widely used in medicine and related areas, mainly for the treatment of bone diseases, such as osteoporosis. However, their synthesis is usually performed under harsh reaction conditions. In order to overcome this limitation, the present work illustrates a new synthetic route to access the title α-aminobisphosphonate in milder reaction conditions using α-phosphorylated imines as key intermediates. Full article
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Review
Different Chiral Ligands Assisted Enantioselective C-H Functionalization with Transition-Metal Catalysts
Catalysts 2022, 12(5), 537; https://doi.org/10.3390/catal12050537 - 13 May 2022
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C–H bonds are common in organic molecules, and the functionalization of these inactive C–H bonds has become one of the most powerful methods used to assemble complicated bioactive molecules from readily available starting materials. However, a central challenge in these reactions is controlling [...] Read more.
C–H bonds are common in organic molecules, and the functionalization of these inactive C–H bonds has become one of the most powerful methods used to assemble complicated bioactive molecules from readily available starting materials. However, a central challenge in these reactions is controlling their stereoselectivity. Recently, significant progress has been made in the development of enantioselective C–H activation enabled by different chiral ligands for the formation of C–C and C–X bonds bearing a chiral center. In this paper, we focus on some archetypal chiral ligands for enantioselective C–H functionalization developed in recent years and analyze the mechanism of these methods, aiming to accelerate related research and to search for more efficient strategies. Full article
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