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CO2 as a traceless directing group for catalytic meta C-H olefinations

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Project "metaC-Hfunct" data sheet

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Organization address
address: OXFORD ROAD
postcode: M13 9PL

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-04-01   to  2017-03-31


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 Project objective

The development of methods for the transition metal-catalysed functionalization of C-H bonds is revolutionizing synthetic organic chemistry by providing tools to simplify and accelerate the synthesis and modification of a myriad of known and still unknown organic molecules including aromatic compounds. However, in these processes, the ability to discriminate between C-H bonds for subsequent transformation into other functional groups still remains as a major challenge. To date, much progress has been made on developing strategies for the ortho-functionalization of arenes, mainly through the derivatization of the substrates with directing groups. meta-Functionalization approaches, on the other hand, are extremely scarce despite eta-substitution is a widespread motive amongst biologically active molecules. The research outlined in this proposal aims at developing a process that makes use of CO2 as an invisible directing group leading to an array of novel direct meta-functionalization methodologies. To do so, we envision a one-pot strategy involving a carboxylation ortho to an R group followed by a tandem CO2H directed ortho-functionalization/decarboxylation process that affords the desired meta-functionalized products and releases again the CO2 employed as the directing group. The realisation of the objectives of this project will push forward the state-of-the art in the area of C-H bond activation by providing step economical access to molecules that are difficult to prepare via conventional multistep routes.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Marc Font, Jacob Quibell, Greg Perry, Igor Larrosa
The use of carboxylic acids as traceless directing groups for regioselective C–H bond functionalisation
published pages: 5584-5597, ISSN: 1359-7345, DOI: 10.1039/C7CC01755C
Chem. Commun. 2019-07-23

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