• Synthesis and application of new ion-tagged ligands and organocatalysts
  • Chiarucci, Michel <1983>


  • CHIM/06 Chimica organica


  • We report the synthesis and application of some ion-tagged catalysts in organometallic catalysis and organocatalysis. With the installation of an ionic group on the backbone of a known catalyst, two main effects are generally obtained. i) a modification of the solubility of the catalyst: if judicious choice of the ion pair is made, the ion-tag can confer to the catalyst a solubility profile suitable for catalyst recycling. ii) the ionic group can play a non-innocent role in the process considered: if stabilizing interaction between the ionic group and the developing charges in the transition state are established, the reaction can speed up. We describe the use of ion-tagged diphenylprolinol as Zn ligand. The chiral ligand grafted onto an ionic liquid (IL) was recycled 10 times with no loss of reactivity and selectivity, when it was employed in the first example of enantioselective addition of ZnEt2 to aldehydes in ILs. An ammonium-tagged phosphine displayed the capability to stabilize Pd catalysts for the Suzuki reaction in ILs. The ionic phase was recycled 6 times with no detectable loss of activity and very low Pd leaching in the organic phase. This catalytic system was also employed for the functionalization of the challenging substrate 5,11-dibromotetracene. In the field of organocatalysis, we prepared two ion-tagged derivatives of the McMillan imidazolidinone. The results of the asymmetric Diels-Alder reaction between trans-cinnamaldehyde and cyclopentadiene exhibited great dependence on the position and nature of the ionic group. Finally, when O-TMS-diphenylprolinol was tagged with an imidazolium ion, exploiting a silyl ether linker, an efficient catalyst for the asymmetric addition of aldehydes to nitroolefins was achieved. The catalyst displayed enhanced reactivity and the same high level of selectivity of the untagged parent catalyst and it could be employed in a wide range of reaction conditions, included use of water as solvent.


  • 2011-04-19


  • Doctoral Thesis
  • PeerReviewed


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Chiarucci, Michel (2011) Synthesis and application of new ion-tagged ligands and organocatalysts, [Dissertation thesis], Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna. Dottorato di ricerca in Scienze chimiche , 23 Ciclo. DOI 10.6092/unibo/amsdottorato/3472.