Rhodium-catalyzed dehydrogenative germylation of C-H bonds: New entry to unsymmetrically functionalized 9-germafluorenes

Masahito Murai, Koji Matsumoto, Ryo Okada, Kazuhiko Takai

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Rhodium-catalyzed dehydrogenative germylation leading to unsymmetrically functionalized 9-germafluorenes via Ge-H and C-H bond activation is described. Despite the significant achievements made in dehydrogenative functionalization of C-H bonds, only a limited number of examples with the fourth-row atom-H bonds have been reported. The current method enabled the synthesis of various 9-germafluorene derivatives, including tetracyclic as well as donor-acceptor substituted germoles, which may be useful for electronic device applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6492-6495
Number of pages4
JournalOrganic Letters
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - Dec 19 2014


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry

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