Meso-Tetraphenylporphyrin Iron Chloride Catalyzed Selective Oxidative Cross-Coupling of Phenols

Hadas Shalit, Anna Libman, Doron Pappo

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A novel catalytic system for oxidative cross-coupling of readily oxidized phenols with poor nucleophilic phenolic partners based on an iron meso-tetraphenylporphyrin chloride (Fe[TPP]Cl) complex in 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoropropan-2-ol (HFIP) was developed. The unique chemoselectivity of this reaction is attributed to the coupling between a liberated phenoxyl radical with an iron-ligated phenolic coupling partner. The conditions are scalable for preparing a long list of unsymmetrical biphenols assembled from a less reactive phenolic unit substituted with alkyl or halide groups.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)13404-13413
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number38
StatePublished - 27 Sep 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Catalysis
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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