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Tris(pentafluorophenyl)borane-catalyzed carbenium ion generation and autocatalytic pyrazole synthesis - a computational and experimental study

Dasgupta, A, Babaahmadi, R, Pahar, S, Stefkova, K, Gierlichs, L, Yates, BF ORCID: 0000-0001-9663-3301, Ariafard, A ORCID: 0000-0003-2383-6380 and Melen, RL 2021 , 'Tris(pentafluorophenyl)borane-catalyzed carbenium ion generation and autocatalytic pyrazole synthesis - a computational and experimental study' , Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, vol. 60, no. 46 , pp. 24395-24399 , doi:

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In recent years, metal-free organic synthesis using triarylboranes as catalysts has become a prevalent research area. Herein we report a comprehensive computational and experimental study for the highly selective synthesis of N-substituted pyrazoles through the generation of carbenium species from the reaction between aryl esters and vinyl diazoacetates in the presence of catalytic tris(pentafluorophenyl)borane [B(C6F5)3]. DFT studies were undertaken to illuminate the reaction mechanism revealing that the in situ generation of a carbenium species acts as an autocatalyst to prompt the regiospecific formation of N-substituted pyrazoles in good to excellent yields (up to 81 %).

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Authors/Creators:Dasgupta, A and Babaahmadi, R and Pahar, S and Stefkova, K and Gierlichs, L and Yates, BF and Ariafard, A and Melen, RL
Keywords: DFT calculations, bororane catalysis, reaction mechanism
Journal or Publication Title: Angewandte Chemie - International Edition
Publisher: Wiley-V C H Verlag Gmbh
ISSN: 1433-7851
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