Unusual regioselective mercuration of metalloporphyrins and its potential applications

Ken Ichi Sugiura, Aiko Kato, Kentaro Iwasaki, Hitoshi Miyasaka, Masahiro Yamashita, Shojun Hino, Dennis P. Arnold

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The reaction of Hg(CF3CO2)2 with metalloporphyrins produces mercurated porphyrins regioselectively, the reaction, surprisingly occurring at the most hindered βB-position; this behavior is in marked contrast to the usual electrophilic substitution reactions of porphyrins, whose reactions produce meso-substituted porphyrins; the obtained mercurated porphyrins are active to transition metal-catalyzed coupling reactions, such as the Mizoroki-Heck reaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2046-2047
Number of pages2
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2007


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