Rhenium-catalyzed insertion of terminal alkenes into a C(sp2)-H bond and successive transfer hydrogenation

Yoichiro Kuninobu, Takahiro Nakahara, Peng Yu, Kazuhiko Takai

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Treatment of aromatic aldimines with terminal alkenes in the presence of a rhenium catalyst, [HRe(CO)4]n, gives 2-alkenylbenzylamines in good to excellent yields. This reaction proceeds via the insertion of the alkene into a C-H bond at the ortho-position of the imino group of the aromatic aldimine followed by sequential β-hydride elimination from the formed alkyl rhenium intermediate and then by hydrogenation of the imino group of the aldimine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)348-351
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Aldimine
  • Alkene
  • Hydrogen transfer
  • Insertion
  • Rhenium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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