Herein, we report a new protocol for the synthesis of sterically hindered ketones that proceeds via palladium-catalyzed Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling of unconventional amide electrophiles by selective N-C(O) activation. Mechanistic studies demonstrate that steric bulk on the amide has a major impact, which is opposite to the traditional Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling of sterically hindered aryl halides. Structural and computational studies provide insight into ground-state distortion of sterically hindered amides and show that ortho-substitution alleviates the N-C(O) bond twist.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry