Metal-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions with dithiolanes and dithianes
McFarlane, Michael Thomas
Creating new carbon-carbon bonds is one of the most important and challenging reactions in organic synthesis. Metal-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions have emerged as one of the preferred methods of producing new carbon-carbon bonds, and this work led to the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. This thesis was aimed at expanding the current research in the area of metal-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions to include new applications with dithiolane and dithiane protecting groups. 1,3-Dithiolane and 1,3-dithiane derivatives are particularly interesting molecules in that they can be deprotonated by a strong base to form anions, which can then be used for carbon-carbon bond synthesis. This thesis describes the investigation into the use of dithiolanes and dithianes in metal-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions, as well as some of the challenges faced in performing this sulfur-based chemistry.
cross-coupling, thioacetal, organohalide, Umpolung