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See detailStructural analysis of ruthenium–arene complexes using ion mobility mass spectrometry, collision-induced dissociation, and DFT
Cserwinska, Izabella; Far, Johann ULg; Kune, Christopher ULg et al

in Dalton Transactions (2016), 45

Ion mobility mass spectrometry (IM-MS) and collision-induced dissociation (CID) techniques were used to investigate the influence of the phosphine ligand on the physicochemical properties of [RuCl2(p ... [more ▼]

Ion mobility mass spectrometry (IM-MS) and collision-induced dissociation (CID) techniques were used to investigate the influence of the phosphine ligand on the physicochemical properties of [RuCl2(p-cymene)(PCy3)] (1), [RuCl2(p-cymene)-(PPh3)] (2), and [RuCl2(p-cymene)(PTA)] (3) in the gas phase (PTA is 1,3,5-triaza-7-phosphaadamantane). Electrospray ionization of complexes 1 and 2 led to the corresponding [RuCl(p-cymene)(PR3)]+ ions via the dissociation of a chlorido ligand, whereas RAPTA-C (3) afforded two molecular ions by in-source oxidation ([RuIIICl2(p-cymene)(PTA)]+) or protonation ([RuCl2(p-cymene)(PTA+H)]+). Control experiments showed that the balance between these two ionization paths was strongly influenced by the nature of the solvent used for infusion. Collision cross sections (CCSs) of the four molecular ions accurately reflected the variations of steric bulk inferred from the Tolman steric parameters (θ) of the phosphine ligands. Moreover, DFT calculations combined with a model based on the kinetic theory of gases (the trajectory method of the IMoS software) afforded reliable CCS predictions. The almost two times higher dipole moment of [RuCl2(p-cymene)-(PTA+H)]+ (μ = 13.75 D) compared to [RuIIICl2(p-cymene)(PTA)]+ (μ = 7.18 D) was held responsible for increased ion-induced dipole interactions with a polarizable drift gas such as N2. Further experiments with He and CO2 confirmed that increasing the polarizability of the buffer gas improved the separation between the two molecular ions derived from complex 3. The fragmentation patterns of complexes 1–3 were determined by CID. The sequence of collision voltages at which 50% of a precursor ion dissociates (V50) recorded for the molecular ions derived from compounds 1–3 was in good agreement with simple electronic considerations based on the donor strength of the phosphine ligand. Thus, the CCS and V50 parameters used to determine the shape and stability of ionic species in the gas phase are complementary to the Tolman steric and electronic parameters (θ and TEP) commonly used by organometallic chemists in condensed phases. [less ▲]

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See detailContinuous-Flow N-Heterocyclic Carbene Generation and Organocatalysis
Di Marco, Lorenzo; Hans, Morgan; Delaude, Lionel ULg et al

in Chemistry : A European Journal (2016), 22

Two methods were assessed for the generation of common N heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) from stable imidazol(in)¬ium precursors using convenient and straightforward continuous-flow setups with either a ... [more ▼]

Two methods were assessed for the generation of common N heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) from stable imidazol(in)¬ium precursors using convenient and straightforward continuous-flow setups with either a heterogeneous inorganic base (Cs2CO3 or K3PO4) or a homoge¬neous organic base (KN(SiMe3)2). In-line quenching with carbon disulfide revealed that the homogeneous strategy was most efficient for the preparation of a small library of NHCs. The generation of free nucleophilic carbenes was next telescoped with two benchmark NHC-catalyzed reactions, namely, the transesterification of vinyl acetate with benzyl alcohol and the amidation of N-Boc-glycine methyl ester with ethanolamine. Both organocatalytic transfor¬ma¬tions proceeded with total conversion and excellent yields were achieved after extraction, showcasing the first examples of continuous-flow organocatalysis with NHCs. [less ▲]

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See detailModulatory effects of Ruthenium (II)-based complexes on oxidative stress induced by activated HL60 cells and Neutrophils
Mouithys-Mickalad, Ange ULg; Collienne, Simon ULg; Franck, Thierry ULg et al

Conference (2015, May 22)

There is a growing interest on the use of metal-based chemotherapeutic agents to fight different types of cancers [1]. The most used family of the organometallic compounds is platinum derivatives whose ... [more ▼]

There is a growing interest on the use of metal-based chemotherapeutic agents to fight different types of cancers [1]. The most used family of the organometallic compounds is platinum derivatives whose Cisplatin (CisPt) is the lead compound used for the treatment of various cancers including lung, testis, gastric, breast, etc. Nevertheless, beside its recognized therapeutic effects, side effects such as gastric toxicity and acute kidney failure were observed during the treatment, limiting its clinical use. Other compounds are currently studied and among them, Ruthenium (Ru) complexes have gained more importance for their less toxicity and lower aggressive effect on healthy tissues than CisPt. Ru-complexes are also more resorbed and excreted [2]. Numerous studies focused on the mechanisms of action of Ruthenium compounds to fight cancer, including antioxidant or pro-oxidant activity. During inflammation, activation and infiltration of neutrophils contribute to oxidant stress playing a crucial role in tumor development. Likewise, the degranulation of neutrophil causes the release of myeloperoxidase (MPO) which reacts with H2O2 to catalyze redox reactions. A therapeutic target to control inflammation is the modulation of oxidant enzymes and cells involved in radical species production and redox reactions. Because Ruthenium compounds can easily enter into cancer cells, a series of Ru(II)-complexes newly synthesized were used for this purpose. They were first tested for their radical scavenging activities using ABTS and 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) assays. Amongst them, compound 1 (LD0436) and compound 2 (LD04037) were then studied for their ability to modulate the reactive oxygen species (ROS) production by inflammatory cells like human promyelocytic leukemia cell line (HL 60) and neutrophils (PMN) using fluorescence, chemiluminescence (CL) and electron spin resonance ESR techniques. The toxicity of those Ru-complexes against HL-60 and neutrophils was checked using Trypan blue exclusion assay. Altogether, CL and ESR findings indicate that both complexes 1 (LD0436) and 2 (LD0437) exhibit a dose-dependent inhibitory activity compared to CisPt, gallic acid, curcumin and quercetin, which were taken as reference molecules in the different systems investigated. Similarly, the tested complexes also display an antioxidant profile on the substrate oxidation catalyzed by peroxidase such as MPO mainly involved in acute and chronic inflammatory situations. 1: (RuCl(p-Cymen)(S2C.IDip)]+(PF6)-], 2: (RuCl(p-Cymen)(S2C.Icy)]+(PF6)-] References: 1. Ceresa C, Brawin A, Cavaletti G, Trinidad A et al., (2014) Current Medicinal Chemistry 20(21), 2237-2265. 2. Liu, Y, Zhang X, Zhang R, et al., (2011) European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry. 1974-1980. [less ▲]

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See detailElectron paramagnetic resonance and fluorescence studies on potential anticancer properties of two new Ru(II) complexes : preliminary results
Collienne, Simon ULg; Terrak, Mohammed ULg; Mouithys-Mickalad, Ange ULg et al

Poster (2015, May 22)

Fight against cancer is a priority of today’s research. Since the discovery of the anticancer properties of cisplatin (CisPt) in 1965 by Rosenberg [1], the treatment of cancer by chemotherapy has known ... [more ▼]

Fight against cancer is a priority of today’s research. Since the discovery of the anticancer properties of cisplatin (CisPt) in 1965 by Rosenberg [1], the treatment of cancer by chemotherapy has known great improvements. Unfortunately, CisPt has several side effects and is not effective against all kinds of cancer. Nevertheless its use highlights the great potential of organometallic compounds in the treatment of cancer [2]. Here we investigated the potential anticancer properties of two new organometallic compounds based on ruthenium II : [RuCl(p-cymene)(S2C.IDip)]+(PF6)- and [RuCl(p-cymene)(S2C.ICy)]+(PF6)-, named as LDO436 and LDO437 respectively. [less ▲]

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See detailEfficient synthetic protocols for the preparation of common N-heterocyclic carbene precursors
Hans, Morgan ULg; Lorkowski, Jan; Demonceau, Albert ULg et al

in Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry (2015), 11

The one-pot condensation of glyoxal, two equivalents of cyclohexylamine, and paraformaldehyde in the presence of aqueous HBF4 provided a straightforward access to 1,3-dicyclohexylimidazolium ... [more ▼]

The one-pot condensation of glyoxal, two equivalents of cyclohexylamine, and paraformaldehyde in the presence of aqueous HBF4 provided a straightforward access to 1,3-dicyclohexylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (ICy·HBF4). 1,3-Dibenzylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (IBn·HBF4) was obtained along the same lines. To synthesize 1,3-diarylmidazolium salts, it was necessary to isolate the intermediate N,N'-diarylethylenediimines prior to their cyclization. Although this additional step required more time and reagents, it led to a much more efficient overall process. It also proved very convenient to carry out the synthesis of imidazolinium salts in parallel to their imidazolium counterparts via the reduction of the diimines into diammonium salts. The critical assembly of the C2 precarbenic unit was best achieved with paraformaldehyde and chlorotrimethylsilane in the case of imidazolium derivatives, whereas the use of triethyl orthoformate under microwave irradiation was most appropriate for the fast and efficient synthesis of imidazolinium salts. This strategy was applied to the synthesis of six common N-heterocyclic carbene precursors, namely, 1,3-dimesitylimidazolium chloride (IMes·HCl), 1,3-dimesitylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate (IMes·HBF4), 1,3-dimesitylimidazolinium chloride (SIMes·HCl), 1,3-bis(2,6-diisopropylphenyl)imidazolium chloride (IDip·HCl or IPr·HCl), 1,3-bis(2,6-diisopropylphenyl)imidazolinium chloride (SIDip·HCl or SIPr·HCl), and 1,3-bis(2,6-bis(diphenylmethyl)-4-methylphenyl)imidazolium chloride (IDip*·HCl or IPr*·HCl). [less ▲]

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See detailProbing the Diastereoselectivity of Staudinger Reactions Catalyzed by N-Heterocyclic Carbenes
Hans, Morgan ULg; Wouters, Johan; Demonceau, Albert ULg et al

in Chemistry : A European Journal (2015), 21(30), 10870-10877

The reaction of ethylphenylketene with 1,3-dimesitylimidazol-2-ylidene (IMes) or 1,3-dimesitylimidazolin-2-ylidene (SIMes) afforded the corresponding azolium enolates in high yields. The two zwitterions ... [more ▼]

The reaction of ethylphenylketene with 1,3-dimesitylimidazol-2-ylidene (IMes) or 1,3-dimesitylimidazolin-2-ylidene (SIMes) afforded the corresponding azolium enolates in high yields. The two zwitterions were fully characterized by various analytical techniques. Their thermal stabilities were monitored by thermogravimetric analysis and the molecular structure of SIMes.EtPhC=C=O was determined by means of X-ray crystallography. A mechanism was proposed to account for the trans-diastereoselectivity observed in the [2+2] cycloaddition of ketenes and N-protected imines catalyzed by N-heterocyclic carbenes and an extensive catalytic screening was performed to test its validity. The steric bulk of the NHC catalyst markedly affected the cis/trans ratio of the model β-lactam product. The nature of the solvent used to carry out the Staudinger reaction also significantly influenced its diastereoselectivity. Conversely, the nature of the substituent on the N-sulfonated imine reagent and the reaction temperature were less critical parameters. [less ▲]

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See detailRuthenium–arene catalysts bearing N-heterocyclic carbene ligands for olefin cyclopropanation and metathesis
Méret, M.; Maj, A. M.; Demonceau, Albert ULg et al

in Monatshefte für Chemie = Chemical Monthly (2015), 146(7), 1099-1105

Abstract: Ruthenium–arene complexes bearing N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligands with the generic formula [RuCl2(p-cymene)(NHC)] are efficient catalyst precursors for the cyclopropanation of activated ... [more ▼]

Abstract: Ruthenium–arene complexes bearing N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) ligands with the generic formula [RuCl2(p-cymene)(NHC)] are efficient catalyst precursors for the cyclopropanation of activated olefins with ethyl diazoacetate, and the cis/trans diastereoselectivity of the reaction markedly depends on the steric bulk of the NHC. The procedure was successfully applied to styrene, α-methylstyrene, and various other styrenic derivatives bearing electron-withdrawing or donating substituents on their aromatic rings. The reaction of unactivated internal or terminal alkenes was more sluggish, and the use of norbornene as a substrate afforded only olefin metathesis. Further investigation of the ring-opening metathesis polymerization of this strained cycloolefin in the presence of trimethylsilyldiazomethane led to high molecular weight polynorbornene whose microstructure was not significantly affected by the choice of the NHC ancillary ligand. [less ▲]

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See detailRuthenium catalysts bearing a benzimidazolylidene ligand for the metathetical ring-closure of tetrasubstituted cycloolefins
Borguet, Yannick; Zaragoza, Guillermo; Demonceau, Albert ULg et al

in Dalton Transactions (2015), 44

Deprotonation of 1,3-di(2-tolyl)benzimidazolium tetrafluoroborate with a strong base afforded 1,3-di(2-tolyl)benzimidazol-2-ylidene (BTol), which dimerized progressively into the corresponding ... [more ▼]

Deprotonation of 1,3-di(2-tolyl)benzimidazolium tetrafluoroborate with a strong base afforded 1,3-di(2-tolyl)benzimidazol-2-ylidene (BTol), which dimerized progressively into the corresponding dibenzotetraazafulvalene. The complexes [RhCl(COD)(BTol)] (COD is 1,5-cyclooctadiene) and cis-[RhCl(CO)2(BTol)] were synthesized to probe the steric and electronic parameters of BTol. Comparison of the percentage of buried volume (%VBur) and of the Tolman electronic parameter (TEP) of BTol with those determined previously for 1,3-dimesitylbenzimidazol-2-ylidene (BMes) revealed that the two N-heterocyclic carbenes displayed similar electron donicities, yet the 2-tolyl substituents took a slightly greater share of the rhodium coordination sphere than the mesityl groups, due to a more pronounced tilt. The anti,anti conformation adopted by BTol in the molecular structure of [RhCl(COD)(BTol)] ensured nonetheless a remarkably unhindered access to the metal center, as evidenced by steric maps. Second-generation ruthenium-benzylidene and isopropoxybenzylidene complexes featuring the BTol ligand were obtained via phosphine exchange from the first generation Grubbs and Hoveyda-Grubbs catalysts, respectively. The atropisomerism of the 2-tolyl substituents within [RuCl2([double bond, length as m-dash]CHPh)(PCy3)(BTol)] was investigated by using variable temperature NMR spectroscopy, and the molecular structures of all four possible rotamers of [RuCl2([double bond, length as m-dash]CH-o-OiPrC6H4)(BTol)] were determined by X-ray crystallography. Both complexes were highly active at promoting the ring-closing metathesis (RCM) of model [small alpha],[small omega]-dienes. The replacement of BMes with BTol was particularly beneficial to achieve the ring-closure of tetrasubstituted cycloalkenes. More specifically, the stable isopropoxybenzylidene chelate enabled an almost quantitative RCM of two challenging substrates, viz., diethyl 2,2-bis(2-methylallyl)malonate and N,N-bis(2-methylallyl)tosylamide, within a few hours at 60 °C. [less ▲]

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See detailN-heterocyclic carbene catalyzed carba-, sulfa-, and phospha-Michael additions with NHC·CO2 adducts as precatalysts
Hans, Morgan ULg; Delaude, Lionel ULg; Rodriguez, Jean et al

in Journal of Organic Chemistry (2014), 79(6), 2758-2764

N-heterocyclic carbene catalyzed Michael additions have been revisited with 1,3-dialkyl- or 1,3-diarylimidazol(in)ium-2-carboxylates, that is, NHC·CO2 adducts, as the source of the free NHC catalysts in ... [more ▼]

N-heterocyclic carbene catalyzed Michael additions have been revisited with 1,3-dialkyl- or 1,3-diarylimidazol(in)ium-2-carboxylates, that is, NHC·CO2 adducts, as the source of the free NHC catalysts in solution. Using these precatalysts, a number of efficient carba-, sulfa-, and phospha-Michael additions were achieved very conveniently, without the need for an external strong base to generate the NHC by deprotonation of an azolium salt. To further expand the scope of the procedure, some NHC-catalyzed sulfa-Michael/aldol organocascades were also investigated. [less ▲]

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See detailSelected Recent Advances in the Synthesis of Bioactive Compounds Using Olefin Metathesis as a Key Step
Dassonneville, Benjamin ULg; Delaude, Lionel ULg; Demonceau, Albert ULg et al

in Current Organic Chemistry (2013), 17(22), 2609-2653

Synthesis of biologically active compounds is of paramount importance to the biomedical sciences for the development of novel therapeutic agents. Such substances often feature various types of unique and ... [more ▼]

Synthesis of biologically active compounds is of paramount importance to the biomedical sciences for the development of novel therapeutic agents. Such substances often feature various types of unique and complex structures, which make them challenging targets for synthetic efforts. Their total synthesis offers the chance to implement the use of newly developed, efficient and highly selective synthetic procedures and/or strategies in a complex environment. In this respect, thanks to the development of increasingly efficient molybdenum and ruthenium catalysts, olefin metathesis is now an integral part of modern synthetic methods. This review article will highlight with selected examples from the recent literature assets and limitations of the olefin metathesis reaction in the synthesis of biologically active compounds. [less ▲]

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See detailEnabling Access to Diverse Bioactive Molecules Through Enyne Metathesis Concepts
Dragutan, Ileana; Dragutan, Valerian; Demonceau, Albert ULg et al

in Current Organic Chemistry (2013), 17(22), 2678-2720

This paper surveys recent advances in valorization of transition-metal-catalyzed enyne metathesis as key events in the total synthesis of naturally occurring compounds of biological and medicinal ... [more ▼]

This paper surveys recent advances in valorization of transition-metal-catalyzed enyne metathesis as key events in the total synthesis of naturally occurring compounds of biological and medicinal importance. Special attention is devoted to methodologies based on dienyne ring-closing metathesis (RCM) applied in tandem and sequential processes, on relay ring-closing metathesis (RRCM), ring-rearrangement metathesis (RRM), enyne cross-metathesis (CM) and enyne skeletal bond reorganization, all proceeding under metalcarbenes (Ru or Mo alkylidenes) or metal-salts (Pd or Pt) catalysis. The high potential of these procedures in constructing versatile scaffolds as essential structural cores of a diversity of bioactive natural products is highlighted. Inventive functionalizations by non-metathesis transformations intervening in the total synthesis of the targeted natural compounds, prior to (Michael addition, Wittig olefination, allylation etc.) or after (Diels-Alder cycloaddion, Heck and Suzuki-Miyaura reactions, Dess-Martin oxidation, dihydroxylation, epoxidation etc.) the pivotal metathesis step have also been included. [less ▲]

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See detailMechanistic Insight into the Staudinger Reaction Catalyzed by N-Heterocyclic Carbenes
Hans, Morgan ULg; Wouters, J.; Demonceau, Albert ULg et al

in Chemistry : A European Journal (2013), 19(19), 9668-9676

Four zwitterions were prepared by treating 1,3-dimesitylimidazolin-2-ylidene (SIMes) or 1,3-dimesitylimidazol-2-ylidene (IMes) with either N-tosyl benzaldimine or diphenylketene. They were isolated in ... [more ▼]

Four zwitterions were prepared by treating 1,3-dimesitylimidazolin-2-ylidene (SIMes) or 1,3-dimesitylimidazol-2-ylidene (IMes) with either N-tosyl benzaldimine or diphenylketene. They were isolated in high yields and characterized by IR and NMR spectroscopy. The molecular structures of three of them were determined by using X-ray crystallography and their thermal stability was monitored by using thermogravimetric analysis. The imidazol(in)ium-2-amides were rather labile white solids that did not show any tendency to tautomerize into the corresponding 1,2,2-triaminoethene derivatives. They displayed a mediocre catalytic activity in the Staudinger reaction of N-tosyl benzaldimine with diphenylketene. In contrast, the imidazol(in)ium-2-enolates were orange-red crystalline materials that remained stable over extended periods of time. Despite their greater stability, these zwitterions turned out to be efficient promoters for the model cycloaddition under scrutiny. As a matter of fact, their catalytic activity matched those recorded with the free carbenes. Altogether, these results provide strong experimental insight into the mechanism of the Staudinger reaction catalyzed by N-heterocyclic carbenes. They also highlight the superior catalytic activity of the imidazole-based carbene IMes compared with its saturated analogue SIMes in the reaction under consideration. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessing the ligand properties of 1,3-dimesitylbenzimidazol-2-ylidene in ruthenium-catalyzed olefin metathesis
Borguet, Yannick ULg; Zaragoza, Guillermo; Demonceau, Albert ULg et al

in Dalton Transactions (2013), 42(20), 7287-7296

The deprotonation of 1,3-dimesitylbenzimidazolium tetrafluoroborate with a strong base afforded 1,3-dimesitylbenzimidazol-2-ylidene (BMes), which was further reacted in situ with rhodium or ruthenium ... [more ▼]

The deprotonation of 1,3-dimesitylbenzimidazolium tetrafluoroborate with a strong base afforded 1,3-dimesitylbenzimidazol-2-ylidene (BMes), which was further reacted in situ with rhodium or ruthenium complexes to afford three new organometallic products. The compounds [RhCl(COD)(BMes)] (COD is 1,5-cyclooctadiene) and cis-[RhCl(CO)2(BMes)] were used to probe the steric and electronic parameters of BMes. Comparison of the percentage of buried volume (%VBur) and of the Tolman electronic parameter (TEP) of BMes with those determined previously for 1,3-dimesitylimidazol-2-ylidene (IMes) and 1,3-dimesitylimidazolin-2-ylidene (SIMes) revealed that the three N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) had very similar profiles. Nonetheless, changes in the hydrocarbon backbone subtly affected the stereoelectronic properties of these ligands. Accordingly, the corresponding [RuCl2(PCy 3)(NHC)(CHPh)] complexes displayed different catalytic behaviors in the ring-closing metathesis (RCM) of α,ω-dienes. In the benchmark cyclization of diethyl 2,2-diallylmalonate, the new [RuCl2(PCy 3)(BMes)(CHPh)] compound (1d) performed slightly better than the Grubbs second-generation catalyst (1a), which was in turn significantly more active than the related [RuCl2(PCy3)(IMes)(CHPh)] initiator (1b). For the formation of a model trisubstituted cycloolefin, complex 1d ranked in-between catalyst precursors 1a and 1b, whereas in the RCM of tetrasubstituted cycloalkenes it lost its catalytic efficiency much more rapidly. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis and catalytic application of palladium imidazol(in)ium-2- dithiocarboxylate complexes
Champion, Martin J. D.; Solanki, Riten; Delaude, Lionel ULg et al

in Dalton Transactions (2012), 41(40), 12386-12394

The palladium(ii) dimer, [Pd(C,N-C 6H 4CH 2NMe 2)Cl] 2 reacts with two equivalents of the NHC·CS 2 zwitterionic ligands [NHC = IPr (1,3- diisopropylimidazol-2-ylidene), ICy (1,3-dicyclohexylimidazol-2 ... [more ▼]

The palladium(ii) dimer, [Pd(C,N-C 6H 4CH 2NMe 2)Cl] 2 reacts with two equivalents of the NHC·CS 2 zwitterionic ligands [NHC = IPr (1,3- diisopropylimidazol-2-ylidene), ICy (1,3-dicyclohexylimidazol-2-ylidene), IMes (1,3-bis(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)imidazol-2-ylidene), IDip (1,3-bis(2,6- diisopropylphenyl)imidazol-2-ylidene), SIMes (1,3-bis(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl) imidazolin-2-ylidene)] in the presence of NH 4PF 6, to yield the cationic products [Pd(C,N-C 6H 4CH 2NMe 2)(S 2C·NHC)] +. In a similar fashion, the compounds [Pd(C,N-bzq)(S 2C·NHC)] + (bzq = benzo[h]quinolinyl, NHC = ICy, IMes, IDip) are obtained from the corresponding dimer [Pd(C,N-bzq)Cl] 2. The bis(phosphine) compounds [Pd(S 2C·NHC)(PPh 3) 2] 2+ (NHC = ICy, IMes, IDip, SIMes) are obtained on treatment of [PdCl 2(PPh 3) 2] with NHC·CS 2 zwitterions in the presence of NH 4PF 6. The reaction of [PdCl 2(dppf)] with IMes·CS 2 and NH 4PF 6 provides the complex [Pd(S 2C·IMes)(dppf)] 2+. The complexes [Pd(S 2C·NHC)(PPh 3) 2](PF 6) 2 (NHC = IMes, IDip) were active pre-catalysts (1 mol% loading) for the conversion of benzo[h]quinoline to 10-methoxybenzo[h]quinoline in the presence of PhI(OAc) 2 and methanol. The intermediacy of [Pd(C,N-bzq)(S 2C·NHC)] + was supported by the high yield of 10-methoxybenzo[h]quinoline using [Pd(C,N-bzq)(S 2C·IDip)] + to promote the same reaction. Small amounts of 2,10-dimethoxybenzo[h]quinoline were also isolated from these reactions. Using [Pd(C,N-bzq)(S 2C·IDip)] + and N-chlorosuccinimide as the oxidant led to the formation of 10-chlorobenzo[h]quinoline in moderate yield from benzo[h]quinoline. The molecular structures of [Pd(S 2C·IMes)(PPh 3) 2](PF 6) 2 and [Pd(S 2C·IMes) (dppf)](PF 6) 2 were determined crystallographically. [less ▲]

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See detailRetracing the evolution of monometallic ruthenium-arene catalysts for C-C bond formation
Delaude, Lionel ULg; Demonceau, Albert ULg

in Dalton Transactions (2012), 41(31), 9257-9268

Preformed or in situ generated monometallic ruthenium-arene complexes with the generic formula RuX2(arene)(L) (L = phosphine or N-heterocyclic carbene) are versatile and efficient catalyst precursors for ... [more ▼]

Preformed or in situ generated monometallic ruthenium-arene complexes with the generic formula RuX2(arene)(L) (L = phosphine or N-heterocyclic carbene) are versatile and efficient catalyst precursors for olefin metathesis and atom transfer radical reactions. Their synthesis is usually accomplished using simple and straightforward experimental procedures starting from the [RuCl2(p-cymene)]2 dimer. This article retraces their evolution over the past 20 years and highlights similarities and differences with the parallel development of well-defined RuX2(CHR)(L1)(L2) ruthenium-alkylidene catalysts. [less ▲]

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See detailAn Unexpected Synthesis of Dihydrophenazines en Route to Benzimidazolium Salts
Borguet, Yannick ULg; Zaragoza, Guillermo; Demonceau, Albert ULg et al

in Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis (2012), 354(7), 1356--1362

The oxidation of various N,N′-diarylbenzene-1,2-diamines bearing bulky aromatic substituents with sodium periodate on wet silica gel afforded a series of five new dihydrophenazines instead of the expected ... [more ▼]

The oxidation of various N,N′-diarylbenzene-1,2-diamines bearing bulky aromatic substituents with sodium periodate on wet silica gel afforded a series of five new dihydrophenazines instead of the expected cyclohexadiene-1,2-diimines. The reaction most likely proceeds via a 1,6-electrocyclic path and provides a convenient access to an important class of nitrogen heterocycles. Subsequent treatment of the mesityl derivative with chloromethyl pivalate and silver triflate led to the corresponding benzimidazolium salt. [less ▲]

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See detailHomobimetallic Ethylene− and Vinylidene−Ruthenium Complexes for ATRP
Borguet, Yannick ULg; Delaude, Lionel ULg; Demonceau, Albert ULg

in Matyjaszewski, Krysztof; Sumerlin, Brent S.; Tsarevsky, Nicolay V. (Eds.) Progress in Controlled Radical Polymerization: Mechanisms and Techniques (2012)

The catalytic activity of a series of homobimetallic ruthenium complexes of the type [(p-cymene)Ru(μ-Cl)3RuCl(L)(L′)] [L = C2H4 or a vinylidene ligand (=C=CHR); L′ = PPh3, PCy3, or an N-heterocyclic ... [more ▼]

The catalytic activity of a series of homobimetallic ruthenium complexes of the type [(p-cymene)Ru(μ-Cl)3RuCl(L)(L′)] [L = C2H4 or a vinylidene ligand (=C=CHR); L′ = PPh3, PCy3, or an N-heterocyclic carbene ligand] was determined by investigating the atom transfer radical polymerisation of methyl methacrylate. The results clearly demonstrate that the ligands strongly affect the ability of the ruthenium complexes to favour the occurrence of a well-behaved ATRP. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis and Catalytic Evaluation in Olefin Metathesis of a Second-Generation Homobimetallic Ruthenium-Arene Complex Bearing a Vinylidene Ligand
Borguet, Yannick ULg; Sauvage, Xavier ULg; Zaragoza, Guillermo et al

in Organometallics (2011), 30(10), 2730-2738

The new homobimetallic ruthenium–vinylidene complex [(p-cymene)Ru(μ-Cl)3RuCl(═C═CHPh)(IMes)] (6) was isolated in high yield upon treatment of [(p-cymene)Ru(μ-Cl)3RuCl(η2-C2H4)(IMes)] (5) with a slight ... [more ▼]

The new homobimetallic ruthenium–vinylidene complex [(p-cymene)Ru(μ-Cl)3RuCl(═C═CHPh)(IMes)] (6) was isolated in high yield upon treatment of [(p-cymene)Ru(μ-Cl)3RuCl(η2-C2H4)(IMes)] (5) with a slight excess of phenylacetylene at −50 °C. Although it was very stable under normal atmosphere in the solid state, this product underwent an oxidative cleavage into the corresponding carbonyl compound [(p-cymene)Ru(μ-Cl)3RuCl(CO)(IMes)] (7) when dissolved in oxygen-containing solvents. Second-generation complexes 6 and 7 were characterized by IR and NMR spectroscopies, and their molecular structures were determined by X-ray diffraction analysis. The catalytic activity of complex 6 was probed in various types of olefin metathesis reactions. Compared to its first-generation analogue [(p-cymene)Ru(μ-Cl)3RuCl(═C═CHPh)(PCy3)], the new ruthenium initiator displayed an enhanced activity. It was also much more selective than ruthenium–ethylene complex 5. Aluminum chloride was a valuable cocatalyst for the ROMP of cyclooctene, whereas phenylacetylene was better suited to achieve the fast and quantitative RCM of α,ω-dienes into the corresponding di- or trisubstituted cycloolefins. The role of the terminal alkyne was rationalized by assuming that it would allow an enyne metathesis to take place, thereby transforming saturated vinylidene precursor 6 into a highly active mono- or bimetallic ruthenium–alkylidene species. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis and organocatalytic applications of imidazol(in)ium-2- thiocarboxylates
Hans, Morgan ULg; Wouters, Johan; Demonceau, Albert ULg et al

in European Journal of Organic Chemistry (2011), (35), 7083-7091

Five imidazol(in)ium-2-thiocarboxylates bearing cyclohexyl, mesityl, or 2,6-diisopropylphenyl substituents on their nitrogen atoms were prepared from the corresponding imidazol(in)ium chlorides or ... [more ▼]

Five imidazol(in)ium-2-thiocarboxylates bearing cyclohexyl, mesityl, or 2,6-diisopropylphenyl substituents on their nitrogen atoms were prepared from the corresponding imidazol(in)ium chlorides or tetrafluoroborates in a one-pot, two-step procedure involving the in situ generation of free N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs) with a strong base followed by trapping with carbonyl sulfide. The resulting NHC•COS zwitterions were isolated in high yields and characterized by IR and NMR spectroscopy. The molecular structure of SIMes•COS was determined by X-ray diffraction analysis. Experimental data and DFT calculations indicated that the negative charge on the thiocarboxylate anion is preferentially delocalized on the sulfur atom. Thermogravimetric analysis showed that the NHC•COS zwitterions undergo thermolysis at temperatures ranging between 110 and 180 °C in the solid state. They are also rather labile in solution. Unlike the related NHC•CS2 betaines, which are highly stable, crystalline materials, they displayed the same type of behavior as the analogous carboxylate adducts, which readily lose their CO2 moiety upon heating or dissolution. Thus, imidazol(in)ium-2-thiocarboxylates acted as convenient NHC precursors in two model organocatalytic transformations. Of the five thiocarboxylates examined, ICy•COS was the most efficient at promoting the acylation of benzyl alcohol with vinyl acetate, whereas SIMes•COS afforded the highest activity in benzoin condensation. [less ▲]

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