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Palladium-Catalyzed Cross Coupling

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Palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions are a valuable tool for creating new carbon-carbon bonds.

Their development has enabled chemists to construct complex organic compounds from hydrocarbon fragments, and their use in the fine chemical and pharmaceutical industries has become wide-spread.

So profound is their impact on organic chemistry that they were the subject of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

This video will illustrate the principles of palladium-catalyzed cross coupling reactions, as well as a demonstration of the technique in the laboratory.

In these types of reactions, a palladium catalyst is used to facilitate the addition of a nucleophile, which is typically an organometallic compound, to a nucleophile, which is typically an organohalide

A Pd(0) species reacts with the organohalide via oxidative addition to form an organopalladium two species, which then reacts with the nucleophile to form a new carbon-carbon bond.

All of these reactions, with the exception of Heck coupling, follow the same mechanism: following the oxidative addition to form an organopalladium two species, a transmetallation step with the organometallic nucleophile occurs, forming a new species with two carbon-palladium bonds. Finally, reductive elimination occurs to create a new carbon-carbon bond and to regenerate palladium zero catalyst, which can continue to couple another nucleophile and electrophile.

In Heck coupling reactions, the organopalladium two species is formed similarly to the previous coupling reactions, but as opposed to a transmetallation step, a coordination step occurs in which the palladium two species forms a complex with an olefin. Following the coordination step, carbopalladation occurs to generate a new carbon-carbon and carbon-palladium bond. Next, beta-hydride elimination yields the desired substituted olefin and a palladium two hydride species, which undergoes reductive elimination to regenerate the palladium zero catalyst.

Now that we have discussed the principles of palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions, let's look at a typical Heck coupling procedure.

To synthesize an α,β-unsaturated carboxylic acid, we will react 4-iodoacetophenone and acrylic acid in the presence of a palladium catalyst. Begin by filling a 20-mL round-bottomed flask with acetophenone, acrylic acid, palladium two chloride, and dilute with 5 mL of water. Then add sodium carbonate to reduce the catalyst to palladium zero, and add a magnetic stir bar for mixing

After adding the reagents to the flask, stir the contents, and heat the reaction to reflux

Monitor the progress of the reaction by thin layer chromatography, or TLC, ensuring the complete consumption of acetophenone.

Once the reaction is complete, remove the flask from the heating source, and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.

Once the mixture has cooled, acidify to pH 1 with 1 molar aqueous HCl, monitoring the pH with litmus paper, and the coupling product should precipitate from the solution.

After the mixture has been acidified, pour the contents onto a Büchner funnel covered with filter paper, and collect the solid by vacuum filtration.

To verify the structure of the coupling product, dissolve 2 mg of the dried material in 0.5 mL DMSO-d6 and analyze by NMR.

Now that we have seen an example laboratory procedure, let's see some useful applications of palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions.

A major requirement in the manufacture of pharmaceutical compounds is minimal toxicity and flammability, and maximum stability in the process. Suzuki coupling reaction conditions are fairly safe, and this reaction is widely used in process chemistry, as in the synthesis of crizotinib, a lung cancer drug, from an aryl bromide and a boronic ester.

Taxol, a natural product also with anticancer properties, was discovered in the bark of the Pacific yew tree, Taxus brevifolia. Unfortunately, only 10 grams of pure compound can be collected per 1.2 tons of bark. The quantity of taxol needed in the clinic required the development of an efficient chemical synthesis, and an intramolecular Heck coupling reaction was instrumental in its large-scale production.

You've just watched JoVE's introduction to palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling reactions. You should now understand the principles behind them, how to perform an experiment, and some of their uses. Thanks for watching!

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