The primary objectives of this proposal are: (1) to demonstrate the concept of Lewis base activation of Lewis acids (Gutmann electron density polarization) as it applies to electrophilic species in Groups 16 and 17 in the Main Group, (2) to develop catalytic variants of classical main group reactions for which catalysis has yet to be realized, (3) to learn the structure/reactivity correlations and the rules for achieving high catalytic activity (turnover frequencies and turnover numbers) for the target reactions, (4) to design chiral Lewis bases that will impart high stereoselectivity and high chemical conversion for the introduction of new carbon and heteroatom substituted stereocenters, and (5) carry out detailed mechanistic (kinetics, spectroscopic, crystallographic, computational) investigations of the newly-invented catalytic reactions described below. The first major effort will be the development of catalytic, enantioselective variants of the most common reactions of electrophilic Group 16 and 17 reagents. Direct functionalization and cyclofunctionalization of alkenes bearing a tethered nucleophile (oxygen, nitrogen, carbon) is a powerful method for creating stereodefined chains, heterocycles and carbocycles. These reactions are efficiently initiated by electrophilic sulfur(II), chlorine(I), bromine(I), and iodine(I) reagents The design of Lewis bases to catalyze and control the constitutional and enantiofacial selectivity will constitute a major component of this program. The synthetic manipulation of the enantiomerically enriched, sulfur-containing products constitutes the second major activity. In addition to well-known functional manipulations, new, stereocontrolled, constructive replacements of the C-S bond that employ transition metal catalyzed coupling and direct ligand coupling reactions will be developed. A third major effort will be the invention, development, and exploration of a new subclass of Lewis base catalyzed reactions that employs higher oxidation state iodine(III) reagents for carbon-carbon bond formation. Catalysis of the ligand coupling reaction of iodonium salts is unprecedented and will be investigated for the construction of enantiomerically enriched ?-aryl, ?-alkenyl, ?-alkynyl, and also potentially ?-aryl substituted ketones and esters.
This research proposal aims to develop a fundamentally new class of catalytic reactions of the main group elements, sulfur, chlorine, bromine, and iodine in various oxidation states. The conceptual foundation for the ability of Lewis bases to activate the electrophilic character of these elements has almost unlimited potential. Already, catalysis is involved in the processing of nearly a trillion dollars worth of goods produced annually in the US, and our contribution is for chemical reactions for which there is currently no catalytic process.
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|Denmark, Scott E; Rossi, Sergio; Webster, Matthew P et al. (2014) Catalytic, enantioselective sulfenylation of ketone-derived enoxysilanes. J Am Chem Soc 136:13016-28|
|Denmark, Scott E; Chi, Hyung Min (2014) Catalytic, enantioselective, intramolecular carbosulfenylation of olefins. Mechanistic aspects: a remarkable case of negative catalysis. J Am Chem Soc 136:3655-63|
|Denmark, Scott E; Jaunet, Alex (2014) Catalytic, enantioselective, intramolecular carbosulfenylation of olefins. Preparative and stereochemical aspects. J Org Chem 79:140-71|
|Denmark, Scott E; Jaunet, Alex (2013) Catalytic, enantioselective, intramolecular carbosulfenylation of olefins. J Am Chem Soc 135:6419-22|
|Denmark, Scott E; Cresswell, Alexander J (2013) Iron-catalyzed cross-coupling of unactivated secondary alkyl thio ethers and sulfones with aryl Grignard reagents. J Org Chem 78:12593-628|
|Denmark, Scott E; Ueki, Yusuke (2013) Lewis Base Activation of Lewis Acids - Group 13. In Situ Generation and Reaction of Borenium Ions. Organometallics 32:|
|Denmark, Scott E; Kornfilt, David J P; Vogler, Thomas (2011) Catalytic asymmetric thiofunctionalization of unactivated alkenes. J Am Chem Soc 133:15308-11|
|Denmark, Scott E; Kalyani, Dipannita; Collins, William R (2010) Preparative and mechanistic studies toward the rational development of catalytic, enantioselective selenoetherification reactions. J Am Chem Soc 132:15752-65|
|Denmark, Scott E; Burk, Matthew T (2010) Lewis base catalysis of bromo- and iodolactonization, and cycloetherification. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 107:20655-60|