Bulk Gold-Catalyzed Reactions of Isocyanides, Amines, and Amine N-Oxides

TitleBulk Gold-Catalyzed Reactions of Isocyanides, Amines, and Amine N-Oxides
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsKlobukowski ER, Angelici RJ, Woo LK
Journal TitleOrganometallics
Date Published04
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0276-7333
Accession NumberWOS:000303076600034
Keywordsaerobic oxidation, chemistry, complexes, ligands, metal-carbonyls, non-nanogold catalysis, oxygen, POLYMERIZATION, secondary-amines, surfaces

Bulk gold powder (similar to 5-50 mu m particles) catalyzes the reactions of isocyanides with amines and amine N-oxides to produce ureas. The reaction of n-butyl isocyanide (Bu-n-N C) with di-n-propylamine and N-methylmorpholine N-oxide in acetonitrile, which was studied in the greatest detail, produced 3-butyl-1,1-dipropylurea (O=C((NHBu)-Bu-n)((NPr2)-Pr-n)) in 99% yield at 60 degrees C within 2 h. Sterically and electronically different isocyanides, amines, and amine N-oxides react successfully under these conditions. Detailed studies support a two-step mechanism that involves a gold-catalyzed reaction of adsorbed isocyanide with the amine N-oxide to form an isocyanate (RN=C=O), which rapidly reacts with the amine to give the urea product. These investigations show that bulk gold, despite its reputation for poor catalytic activity, is capable of catalyzing these reactions.

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Alternate JournalOrganometallics