Cobalt dialkyl complexes bearing α-diimine ligands proved to be active precatalysts for the nondirected, C(sp3)-H selective hydrogen isotope exchange (HIE) of alkylarenes using D2 gas as the deuterium source. Alkylarenes with a variety of substitution patterns and heteroatom substituents on the arene ring were successfully labeled, enabling high levels of incorporation into primary, secondary, and tertiary benzylic C(sp3)-H bonds. In some cases, the HIE proceeded with high diastereoselectivity and application of the cobalt-catalyzed method to enantioenriched substrates with benzylic stereocenters provided enantioretentive hydrogen isotope exchange at tertiary carbons.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- C-H activation
- hydrogen isotope exchange
- isotopic labeling