Ruopeng Bai

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An efficient alkyne C-H activation and homocoupling procedure has been studied which indicates that a Cu(II)/Cu(I) synergistic cooperation might be involved. In situ Raman spectroscopy was employed to study kinetic behavior, drawing the conclusion that Cu(I) rather than Cu(II) participates in the rate-determining step. IR, EPR, and X-ray absorption(More)
An in-depth theoretical study of synergistic Cu(II)/Cu(I)-mediated alkyne coupling was performed to reveal the detailed mechanism for C-C bond formation, which proceeded via an unusual dinuclear 1,2-reductive elimination. Because the reactant for dinuclear 1,2-reductive elimination was calculated to be triplet while the products were singlet, the minimum(More)
Photochemistry has ushered in a new era in the development of chemistry, and photoredox catalysis has become a hot topic, especially over the last five years, with the combination of visible-light photoredox catalysis and radical reactions. A novel, simple, and efficient radical oxidative decarboxylative coupling with the assistant of the photocatalyst(More)
Transition metal-catalyzed radical-radical cross-coupling reactions provide innovative methods for C-C and C-heteroatom bond construction. A theoretical study was performed to reveal the mechanism and selectivity of the copper-catalyzed C-N radical-radical cross-coupling reaction. The concerted coupling pathway, in which a C-N bond is formed through the(More)
Although zinc catalysis is widely used in organic synthesis, very few studies on the dinuclear zinc mechanism have been reported. Here, a dinuclear zinc pathway is proposed for the Zn(OTf)2 -catalyzed oxidative coupling of aldehydes with terminal alkynes. DFT calculations revealed that the deprotonation of the terminal alkyne would preferentially lead to(More)
Transition-metal-catalyzed cross-coupling has emerged as an effective strategy for chemical synthesis. Within this area, direct C-H bond transformation is one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly processes for the construction of new C-C or C-heteroatom bonds. Over the past decades, rhodium-catalyzed C-H functionalization has attracted(More)
In this work, we have described an alternative alkenylation approach to illustrate the metal-like behaviour of iodine in cross-coupling reactions. Alkenylation could proceed through iodide catalysed radical initiation, radical addition and iodine promoted alkenyl functionality recovery. Catalytic HI elimination similar to the β-hydride elimination of(More)
Density functional M11 was used to study the mechanism and enantioselectivity of a binaphthophosphepine-catalyzed intramolecular [3 + 2] cycloaddition reaction. The computational results revealed that this reaction proceeds through nucleophilic addition of the phosphine catalyst to the allene, which yields a zwitterionic phosphonium intermediate. The(More)