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Adding a structural context to the deprotometalation and trans-metal trapping chemistry of phenyl-substituted benzotriazole

Fuentes, M. Ángeles and Kennedy, Alan R. and Mulvey, Robert E. and Parkinson, John A. and Rantanen, Toni and Robertson, Stuart D. and Snieckus, Victor (2015) Adding a structural context to the deprotometalation and trans-metal trapping chemistry of phenyl-substituted benzotriazole. Chemistry - A European Journal, 21 (42). pp. 14812-14822. ISSN 0947-6539

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Abstract

Organometallic bases are becoming increasingly complex, because mixing components can lead to bases superior to single-component bases. To better understand this superiority, it is useful to study metalated intermediate structures prior to quenching. This study is on 1-phenyl-1H-benzotriazole, which was previously deprotonated by an in situ ZnCl2• TMEDA/LiTMP (TMEDA=N,N,N′,N′-tetramethylethylenediamine; TMP=2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidide) mixture and then iodinated. Herein, reaction with LiTMP exposes the deficiency of the single-component base as the crystalline product obtained was [{4-R-1-(2-lithiophenyl)-1H-benzotriazole• 3THF}2], [R=2-C6H4(Ph)NLi], in which ring opening of benzotriazole and N2 extrusion had occurred. Supporting lithiation by adding iBu2Al(TMP) induces trans-metal trapping, in which C-Li bonds transform into C-Al bonds to stabilise the metalated intermediate. X-ray diffraction studies revealed homodimeric [(4-R′-1-phenyl-1H-benzotriazole)2], [R′=(iBu)2Al(μ-TMP)Li], and its heterodimeric isomer [(4-R′-1-phenyl-1H-benzotriazole){2-R′-1-phenyl-1H-benzotriazole}], whose structure and slow conformational dynamics were probed by solution NMR spectroscopy.