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Copper(I)-catalysed site-selective C(sp3)-H bond chlorination of ketones, (E)-enones and alkylbenzenes by dichloramine-T

Jin, J, Zhao, Y, Kyne, SH, Farshadfar, K, Ariafard, A ORCID: 0000-0003-2383-6380 and Chan, PWH 2021 , 'Copper(I)-catalysed site-selective C(sp3)-H bond chlorination of ketones, (E)-enones and alkylbenzenes by dichloramine-T' , Nature Communications, vol. 12, no. 1 , pp. 1-12 , doi:

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Strategies that enable intermolecular site-selective C–H bond functionalisation of organic molecules provide one of the cornerstones of modern chemical synthesis. In chloroalkane synthesis, such methods for intermolecular site-selective aliphatic C–H bond chlorination have, however, remained conspicuously rare. Here, we present a copper(I)-catalysed synthetic method for the efficient site-selective C(sp3)–H bond chlorination of ketones, (E)-enones and alkylbenzenes by dichloramine-T at room temperature. A key feature of the broad substrate scope is tolerance to unsaturation, which would normally pose an immense challenge in chemoselective aliphatic C–H bond functionalisation. By unlocking dichloramine-T’s potential as a chlorine radical atom source, the product site-selectivities achieved are among the most selective in alkane functionalisation and should find widespread utility in chemical synthesis. This is exemplified by the late-stage site-selective modification of a number of natural products and bioactive compounds, and gram-scale preparation and formal synthesis of two drug molecules.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Jin, J and Zhao, Y and Kyne, SH and Farshadfar, K and Ariafard, A and Chan, PWH
Keywords: copper catalysis, reaction mechanism, DFT calculations, C-H activation
Journal or Publication Title: Nature Communications
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
ISSN: 2041-1723
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