Iridium-Catalyzed Hydrosilylation of Alkynes

Iridium-Catalyzed Hydrosilylation of Alkynes


Vinylsilanes are useful intermediates in organic synthesis. They can be prepared, e.g., by the hydrosilylation of alkynes. There are several methods for the synthesis of β-vinylsilanes, while paths to α-vinylsilanes are rarer. Some of the existing methods for the synthesis of α-vinylsilanes suffer from unstable or expensive catalysts, which hampers their industrial application.

Shengtao Ding, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China, and colleagues have developed an iridium-catalyzed hydrosilylation of terminal alkynes with α-regioselectivity. The team used the simple catalyst [Ir(μ-Cl)(cod)]2 (cod = 1,5-cyclooctadiene) and the bulky trimethylsilyl-protected trihydroxysilane (TMSO)3SiH to convert a variety of terminal alkynes to α-vinylsilanes (pictured) in acetonitrile at room temperature.

The reaction proceeds with good regio- and stereoselectivity and provides high yields. According to the team, it is the first iridium-catalyzed hydrosilylation of terminal alkynes with excellent α-selectivity. The (TMSO)3Si group can be converted into other useful silyl groups.


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