Mechanism of Pd-Catalyzed Decarbonylation of Biomass-Derived Hydrocinnamic Acid to Styrene following Activation as an Anhydride

Manuel A Ortuno Maqueda, Büşra Dereli, Chris Cramer

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Abstract

All elementary steps in the mechanism of Pd-catalyzed decarbonylation of hydrocinnamic acid through formation of a mixed anhydride species have been characterized through electronic structure calculations. Oxidative addition of the mixed anhydride to a singly or doubly ligated Pd is followed by decarbonylation, alkene formation, and catalyst regeneration. Metal-assisted deprotonation of the alkyl-Pd species by a coordinated carboxylate is predicted to be the rate-determining step; theory suggests that bulkier phosphine ligands (e.g., P(o-Tol)3) reduce the free energy of activation substantially, while variation of the auxiliary anhydride has little influence on efficiency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4124-4131
Number of pages8
JournalInorganic chemistry
Volume55
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2 2016

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