Dizincation and dimagnesiation of benzene using alkali-metal-mediated metallation

D.R. Armstrong, William Clegg, S.H. Dale, D.V. Graham, E. Hevia, L.M. Hogg, G.W. Honeyman, A.R. Kennedy, R.E. Mulvey

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Benzene can be easily 1,4-dideprotonated stoichiometrically on reaction with two equivalents of a synergic mixture of tBu2Zn, NaTMP and TMEDA to give a unique 1,4-dizincated benzene product which has been characterised by X-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy as well as modelled theoretically by DFT computational studies; a related synergic dimagnesiation of benzene is also reported.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)598-600
Number of pages2
JournalChemical Communications (London)
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • chemistry
  • magnesium
  • reagents
  • dizincation
  • dimagnesiation
  • zinc
  • metallation
  • alkali-metal-mediated metallation
  • benzene

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