Rearrangement of a Propargyl Vinyl Rhenium Complex to a Rhenium Allenyl Vinyl Ketone Complex

Charles P. Casey, Todd L. Underiner, Paul C. Vosejpka, James A. Gavney, Paul Kiprof

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An η1- to η3-propargyl rearrangement promotes vinyl migration to CO in trans-C5H5(CO)2Re(CH2C≡CH)((E)-CH=CHCH2CMe3) (7) which eventually leads to the formation of allenyl vinyl ketone complex C5H5(CO)Re(η22-H2C=C=CHCOCH=CHCH2CMe3) (8). This allenyl vinyl ketone complex 8 undergoes additional transformations at room temperature leading to the diastereomeric allenyl vinyl ketone complex C5H5(CO)Re(t)(η22-H2C=C=CHCOCH=CHCH2CMe3) (9) by complexation of rhenium to the opposite face of the vinyl group and to the π-allyl σ-vinyl rhenium complex C5H5(CO)Re[η3(exo,syn)-H2CCHCHCOCH=CCH2CMe3] (10) by a net [1,5] hydrogen migration. Upon heating at 105 °C, allenyl vinyl ketone complex 9 rearranged to the isomeric π-allyl σ-vinyl rhenium complex C5H5(CO)Re[η3(endo, syn)-H2CCHCHCOCH=CCH2CMe3] (11). When the first formed π-allyl σ-vinyl rhenium complex 10 was heated at 105 °C, it first rearranged to allenyl vinyl ketone complex 9 and then to the more stable π-allyl σ-vinyl rhenium complex 11. Two different mechanisms can account for the interconversion of allenyl vinyl ketone complexes with π-allyl σ-vinyl rhenium complexes. One involves a [1,5] sigmatropic hydrogen shift over the unsaturated organic fragment and the second involves transfer of hydrogen via a rhenium hydride intermediate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10826-10834
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number27
StatePublished - Dec 1 1992

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