The Hiyama Coupling is the palladium-catalyzed C-C bond formation between aryl, alkenyl, or alkyl halides or pseudohalides and organosilanes. This reaction is comparable to the Suzuki Coupling and also requires an activating agent such as fluoride ion or a base.
Mechanism of the Hiyama Coupling
Crucial for the success of the Hiyama Coupling is the polarization of the Si-C bond. Activation of the silane with base or fluoride ions (TASF, TBAF) leading to a pentavalent silicon compound is a first necessary step.
However, the reaction rate is also increased by using silanes with R” groups such as fluoro or alkoxy instead of alkyl. In fact, there are only a few successful examples of coupling reactions using trimethylsilane derivatives.
Another approach uses silacyclobutanes. These small-ring silanes offer enhanced Lewis acidity because angle strain is released when the silicon transitions from tetrahedral to pentavalent, which favors the activation.
Lewis acidity enhanced by strain release
A careful investigation of the reaction mechanism by Denmark (Org. Lett., 2000, 2, 2491. DOI) revealed that silacyclobutanes undergo rapid ring opening with TBAF • 3 H2O to afford a mixture of silanols and disiloxanes. Transmetallation occurs from a fluoride-activated disiloxane.
Both silanols and siloxanes have been synthesized independently and both underwent cross-coupling. These findings paved the way for the use of silanols as cross-coupling partners. In a specific approach - the Hiyama-Denmark Coupling - a fluoride activator is no longer needed.
Organosilanes are stable and easily prepared compounds with low toxicity. With the many improvements in the reaction conditions that have been reported, the Hiyama Coupling has become an interesting alternative to the Suzuki Coupling that offers a comparable scope of conversions. On the other hand, the broad commercial availability of boronic acids and boronates currently makes the Suzuki Coupling the more convenient choice.
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