Deacetylation of chiral ferrocenyl-containing β-diketones promoted by ethylene diamine: Spectroscopic and structural characterization of the fragmentation products

Guillermo Ahumada, Juan Pablo Soto, David Carrillo, CECILIA CAROLINA MANZUR NAZAL, Thierry Roisnel, Jean René Hamon

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Abstract

It is well known that β-diketones react with primary amines, readily forming the corresponding Schiff base derivatives. However, in the present case, the chiral ferrocenyl-containing β-diketones, 3-(1-ferrocenylethyl)- pentane-2,4-dione (1a), 1-(4-methoxyphenyl)-2-(1-ferrocenylethyl)-butane-1,3- dione (1b), and 1-ferrocenyl-2-(1-ferrocenylethyl)-butane-1,3-dione (1c) react with ethylene diamine under acidic conditions in refluxing toluene to yield, unexpectedly, their deacetylated counterparts, 3-ferrocenyl-butane-2-one (2a), 1-(4-methoxyphenyl)-3-ferrocenyl-butane-1-one (2b), and 1,3-bisferrocenyl- butane-2-one (2c), respectively. Such deacetylation reactions are accompagned by the formation of 2-methyl-2-imidazoline. A reaction mechanism involving an intramolecular Michael addition followed by a retro-Mannich rearrangement is suggested. The ketones 2a-c are fully characterized by analytical and spectroscopic methods. Additionally, compounds 2a and 2c are authenticated by single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. The electrochemical behaviour of the bimetallic complex 2c is also investigated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-20
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Volume770
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Chiral β-diketones
  • Deacetylation
  • Ethylene diamine
  • Ferrocenyl
  • Michael addition
  • Retro-Mannich rearrangement

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