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Monday, June 29, 2009
Douglass F. Taber
University of Delaware

Preparation of Benzene Derivatives: The Barrett Syntheses of Dehydroaltenuene B and 15G256b

Several new methods for the direct functionalization of Ar-H have appeared. Hisao Yoshida of Nagoya University observed (Chem. Comm. 2008, 4634. ) that under irradiation, TiO2 in water effected meta hydroxylation of benzonitrile 1 to give the phenol 2. Anisole showed ortho selectivity, while halo and alkyl aromatics gave mixtures. Melanie S. Sanford of the University of Michigan reported (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 13285. ) a complementary study of Pd-catalyzed ortho acetoxylation. Jin-Quan Yu of Scripps/La Jolla developed (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 5215. ) a Pd-catalyzed protocol for ortho halogenation of aromatic carboxylates such as 3. A related protocol (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 17676. ) led to ortho arylation. Trond Vidar Hansen of the University of Oslo devised (Tetrahedron Lett. 2008, 49, 4443. ) a one-pot procedure for the net ortho cyanation of phenols such as 5 to the salicylnitrile 6. Robin B. Bedford of the University of Bristol, Andrew J. M. Caffyn of the University of the West Indies and Sanjiv Prashar of the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos established (Chem. Comm. 2008, 990. ) a Rh-catalyzed protocol for ortho arylation of phenols such as 7.

Laurent Désaubry of the Université Louis Pasteur observed (Tetrahedron Lett. 2008, 49, 4588. ) regioselective coupling of unsymmetrical difluorobenzenes such as 9 to give the ether 10. Fuk Yee Kwong of Hong Kong Polytechnic University extended (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 6402. ) Pd-mediated amination to the notoriously difficult mesylates, such as 11. John F. Hartwig of the University of Illinois reported (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 13848 ) a related method for the amination of aryl tosylates.

Hong Liu of the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica found (Org. Lett. 2008, 10, 4513. ) that the Fe-catalyzed amination of aryl halides such as 13 sometimes gave mixtures of regioisomers. Hideki Yorimitsu and Koichiro Oshima of Kyoto University effected (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 5833. ) Ag-catalyzed Grignard cross coupling with aryl halides, converting 15 into 16. Note that silyl aromatics such as 16 are readily reduced under dissolving metal conditions to give allyl silanes.

Frederic G. Buono of the Bristol-Myers Squibb chemical process group optimized (Org. Lett. 2008, 10, 5325. ) the cyanation of an aryl halide 17, uncovering the valuable co-catalytic role of ZnBr2. Markus R. Heinrich of the Technische Universität München developed (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2008, 47, 9130. ) an intriguing Ti(III)-catalyzed radical arylation, converting 20 into 21. Ioannis N. Houpis of the Johnson and Johnson chemical process group established (Org. Lett. 2008, 10, 5601. ) conditions for Pd coupling to selectively convert 22 to either 23 or 24.

Anthony G. M. Barrett of Imperial College London took advantage (Org. Lett. 2008, 10, 3833. ) of regioselective addition the allylic anion 25 to the benzyne 26 to give, after carboxylation, the iodolactone 27, that he carried on to Dehydroaltenuene B. Following up on the work of Thomas M. Harris, Professor Barrett also demonstrated (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 10293. ) the facile aromatization of the triketone 28 to the arene 29, that he carried on to the antifungal agent 15G256β.

D. F. Taber, Org. Chem. Highlights 2009, June 29.