When is an imine not an imine? Unusual reactivity of a series of Cu(II) imine-pyridine complexes and their exploitation for the Henry reaction

Christine J Cooper, Matthew D Jones, Simon K Brayshaw, B Sonnex, Mark L Russell, Mary F Mahon, D R Allan

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Abstract

In this paper we report the synthesis and solid-state structures for a series of pyridine based Cu(II) complexes and preliminary data for the asymmetric Henry reaction. Interestingly, the solid-state structures indicate the incorporation of an alcohol into one of the imine groups of the ligand, forming a rare a-amino ether group. The complexes have been studied via single crystal X-ray diffraction, EPR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. Intriguingly, it has been observed that the alcohol only adds to one of the imine moieties. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations have also been employed to rationalise the observed structures. The Cu(II) complexes have been tested in the asymmetric Henry reaction (benzaldehyde + nitromethane or nitroethane) with ee's up to 84% being achieved as well as high conversions and modest diastereoselectivities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3677-3682
Number of pages6
JournalDalton Transactions
Volume40
Issue number14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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