The Effects of Directing Groups in Rhodium Catalyzed Decarbonylation Reactions

Student Author(s)

Caitlin Kozack
Cameron Pratt

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Jeffrey Johnson

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The activation of carbon-carbon single bonds is a challenge due to the inherent strength of the bonds as a result of a lack of flexibility in the sigma bond and steric congestion that can occur around the bond. These bonds can be broken with the use of rhodium catalysts. A key reaction that can be carried out using carbon-carbon bond activation is the decarbonylation reaction. This occurs in the presence of both a rhodium catalyst and a nitrogen directing group. Herein we describe the synthetic pathways for starting materials, as well as the kinetic effects of various directing groups on the decarbonylation.


This research was supported by the National Science Foundation (CHE-1148719).

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