Complete control of the chemoselectivity in catalytic carbene transfer reactions from ethyl diazoacetate: an N-heterocyclic carbene-Cu system that suppresses diazo coupling.

The complex IPrCuCl (1) catalyzes the transfer of the :CHCO2Et group from ethyl diazoacetate (EDA) to unsaturated and saturated substrates (olefins, amine, alcohols) with very high yields. In the absence of substrate, the complex 1 does not react with EDA to give the diazo coupling products (fumarate and maleate), a rare example in the field of metal… CONTINUE READING