Antonio M Echavarren

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Eighteen years ago in Angewandte Chemie John K. Stille reviewed a novel methodology, which eventually became known by his name, for the coupling of organostannanes with organic electrophiles. Since then that seed has blossomed into a multifaceted methodology full of hidden possibilities to explore, discover, and enjoy. Very recent modifications are making(More)
Graphite vaporization provides an uncontrolled yet efficient means of producing fullerene molecules. However, some fullerene derivatives or unusual fullerene species might only be accessible through rational and controlled synthesis methods. Recently, such an approach has been used to produce isolable amounts of the fullerene C(60) from commercially(More)
A computational study has been performed to determine the mechanism of the key steps of Pd-catalyzed domino reactions in which C(sp2)-C(sp2) are formed from aryl and alkenyl halides. DFT calculations were done on model complexes of the proposed intermediates, with PH3 and H2O as ancillary ligands, to explore two possible mechanisms: the oxidative addition(More)
The cyclizations of enynes substituted at the alkyne gives products of formal [4+2] cyclization with Au(I) catalysts. 1,8-Dien-3-ynes cyclize by a 5-exo-dig pathway to form hydrindanes. 1,6-Enynes with an aryl ring at the alkyne give 2,3,9,9a-tetrahydro-1H-cyclopenta[b]naphthalenes by a 5-exo-dig cyclization followed by a Friedel-Crafts-type ring expansion.(More)
The oxidative addition of Csp(2)-Br or Csp(2)-I bonds to gold(I) does not take place even under very favorable intramolecular conditions that could form five- or six-membered gold(III) metallacycles. DFT calculations reveal that although this process could be feasible thermodynamically, it is kinetically very sluggish.
Gold salts and complexes have emerged in the past few years as the most powerful catalysts for electrophilic activation of alkynes toward a variety of nucleophiles under homogeneous conditions. In a simplified form, nucleophilic attack on the [AuL]-activated alkyne proceeds via π complexes 1 to give trans-alkenyl gold complexes of type 2 as intermediates(More)
We report here the results of a computational study on the the mechanism of the Oppolzer cyclization. These results lead us to conclude that the insertion of olefins in Pd-allyl complexes probably takes place directly from the eta(3)-allyl species. The presence of a phosphane ligand in the reagents plays the role of enhancing the electron density on the Pd(More)
Under the usual conditions, the Pd-catalyzed arylation does not involve an electrophilic aromatic substitution reaction. On the basis of DFT calculations, we propose a mechanism for the Pd-catalyzed arylation that involves a proton abstraction by a carbonate or related ligand and that provides a satisfactory explanation for the experimental data.