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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 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 detailOlefin metathesis as key step in the synthesis of bioactive compounds: Challenges in the total synthesis of (-)-kendomycin
Bicchielli, Dario; Borguet, Yannick ULg; Delaude, Lionel ULg et al

in Current Organic Synthesis (2012), 9(3), 397-405

In this short review article, we highlight the application of the olefin metathesis reaction as a key step in the total synthesis of (-)-kendomycin, a macrocyclic polyketide ansamycin exhibiting ... [more ▼]

In this short review article, we highlight the application of the olefin metathesis reaction as a key step in the total synthesis of (-)-kendomycin, a macrocyclic polyketide ansamycin exhibiting pronounced activity as an endothelin receptor antagonist and antiosteoporotic agent, as well as important antibiotic potency against multiresistant bacteria and remarkable cytotoxicity versus a series of human tumour cell lines. By selecting this example from the recent literature, we hope to illustrate the great synthetic ability of olefin metathesis, while also revealing some problems encountered in the syntheses. © 2012 Bentham Science Publishers. [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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See detailSynthesis and Catalytic Evaluation of Ruthenium-Arene Complexes Bearing Imidazol(in)ium-2-thiocarboxylate Ligands
Hans, Morgan ULg; Willem, Quentin ULg; Wouters, Johan et al

in Organometallics (2011), 30(22), 6133-6142

Five new complexes with the generic formula [RuCl(2)(p-cymene)(SOC.NHC)] (2-6) were isolated in high yields by reacting the [RuCl(2)(p-cymene)](2) dimer with a range of imidazol(in)ium-2-thiocarboxylate ... [more ▼]

Five new complexes with the generic formula [RuCl(2)(p-cymene)(SOC.NHC)] (2-6) were isolated in high yields by reacting the [RuCl(2)(p-cymene)](2) dimer with a range of imidazol(in)ium-2-thiocarboxylate zwitterions bearing cyclohexyl, 2,4,6-trimethylphenyl (mesityl), or 2,6-diisopropylphenyl groups on their nitrogen atoms in CH(2)Cl(2) at -20 degrees C. All the products were fully characterized by IR and NMR spectroscopy, and the molecular structures of [RuCl(2)(p-cymene)(SOC.IMes)] (3) and [RuCl(2)(p-cymene)(SOC.SIMes)] (5) were determined by X-ray diffraction analysis. Coordination of the NHC.COS ligands took place via the sulfur atom. A remarkable shielding of the methine proton on the p-cymene isopropyl group was observed by (1)H NMR spectroscopy for complexes 3-6. It is most likely caused by the aromatic ring current of a neighboring mesityl or 2,6-diisopropylphenyl substituent. The catalytic activity of compounds 2-6 was probed in the ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) of cyclooctene, in the atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) of methyl methacrylate, and in the synthesis of enol esters from 1-hexyne and 4-acetoxybenzoic acid. In all these reactions, the [RuCl(2)(p-cymene)(SOC.NHC)] complexes displayed performances slightly inferior to those exhibited by [RuCl(2)(p-cymene)(NHC)] species that result from the reaction of [RuCl(2)(p-cymene)](2) with NHC.CO(2) inner salts. However, they were significantly better catalyst precursors than the much more robust chelates of the [RuCl(p-cymene)(S(2)C.NHC)PF(6) type obtained by coordination of NHC.CS(2) betaines to the ruthenium dimer. These results suggest that the Ru-(SOC.NHC) motif undergoes a dethiocarboxylation under the experimental conditions adopted for the catalytic tests and leads to the same elusive Ru-NHC active species as the preformed [RuCl(2)(p-cymene)-(NHC)] family of complexes. [less ▲]

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See detailMicrowave-Assisted Synthesis of 1,3-Dimesitylimidazolinium Chloride
Hans, Morgan ULg; Delaude, Lionel ULg

in Wipf, Peter (Ed.) Organic Syntheses. Volume 87 (2010)

A procedure for the microwave-assisted synthesis of 1,3-dimesitylimidazolinium chloride on a preparative scale is described starting from simple, commercially available reagents. Prior to a microwave ... [more ▼]

A procedure for the microwave-assisted synthesis of 1,3-dimesitylimidazolinium chloride on a preparative scale is described starting from simple, commercially available reagents. Prior to a microwave-assisted cyclization, it involves the formation of N,N'-dimesitylethane-1,2-diamine dihydrochloride via condensation of glyoxal with two equivalents of mesitylamine, followed by reduction of the intermediate Schiff base with sodium borohydride under acidic conditions. All three steps proceed readily under normal atmosphere. Laboratory grade solvents and reagents taken straight from the bottles do not require any additional purification. The two intermediates and the final product are isolated in high yield and purity by simple filtration and washing and may be used without any further purification for most applications. [less ▲]

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