Report on the Fourth Mitsui Chemicals International Symposium on Catalysis Science (MICS2011)

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Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award of Encouragement Commemorative Lecture

Associate Prof. Hideki Yorimitsu (Kyoto University, Japan)

Unsaturated Alcohols as Surrogates of Organometallic Reagents in Palladium–Catalyzed C–C Bond Formation
Associate Prof. Hideki Yorimitsu

Associate Prof. Yorimitsu has investigated novel palladium-catalyzed C-C bond formations and has found that homoallyic alcohols act as allylic metal equivalents via retro-allylation in the allylation of aryl halides. His strategy uses the properties of neutral molecules and realizes universally regio- and stereoselective allylations which have been difficult to achieve with conventional cross-coupling reactions. Moreover, he has developed a new methodology for constructing heterocycles like epoxides using the palladium-catalyzed cyclization of allylic alcohols with aryl halides.

In the lecture, descriptions of these two reactions including the reaction mechanisms that can realize high selectivities were given.

Chairperson; Prof. Masakazu Iwamoto
(Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan)

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