Copper(I) Phenoxide Complexes in the Etherification of Aryl Halides
No copping out! Copper(I) phenoxide complexes containing chelating ligands (see picture), proposed intermediates in copper-catalyzed etherification of aryl halides, have been synthesized and fully characterized. The kinetic and chemical competence of the isolated complexes are demonstrated for the synthesis of aryl phenyl ethers, and experiments provide evidence against mechanistic pathways involving the formation of either free or caged radicals.
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