Oxidative C-H and C-C bond cleavage by a (2,2'-bipyridine)copper(I) chloride complex.


Acetonitrile is easily oxygenated at ambient reaction conditions to copper(II) oxalate [Cu(bpy)(ox)] n mediated by copper(I) chloride in the presence of 3,5-di-tert-butylcatechol and 2,2'-bipyridine. In the case of other nitriles (e.g., propionitrile), instead, the unusual and selective 1,4-extradiol cleavage of 3,5-di-tert-butylcatechol occurs to give… (More)
DOI: 10.1021/ic800745g

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