Ligation design and selectivity control of ate complexes

Masanobu Uchiyama, Yoshinori Kondo, Takao Sakamoto

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As a new type of zincate, we designed "highly coordinated" zincales, Me3Zn(R)Li2 (R=Me, CN, SCN). On the basis of their excellent chemical yields and chemoselectivities, these species were considered to be differentiated from ordinary triorganozincates, R3ZnLi. We discuss the structure of the newly designed zincates using spectroscopic studies. All results strongly support the fact that these newly designed zincates are new category of zincate species. We also designed various dialkylzinc hydride "ate" complexes and investigated the reactivities of these zincates toward benzophenone. The results clearly reveal that dimethylzinc hydrides are the most powerful and selective zincate for the reduction of the carbonyl group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1051-1063
Number of pages13
JournalYuki Gosei Kagaku Kyokaishi/Journal of Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1999


  • Ate complex
  • Dialkylzinc hydride ate complex
  • Halogen-Zinc exchange reaction
  • Highly coordinated zincate
  • Metal hydride reduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry


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