an overlooked and overdue synthon leading to the facile synthesis of an octamethylferrocenophane

Max Roemer*, Brian W. Skelton, Matthew J. Piggott, George A. Koutsantonis

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This paper describes the facile preparation of 1,1′-diacetyloctamethylferrocene (2) by acylation of octamethylferrocene (1) with acetyl chloride. Chloroformylation with POCl3/DMF of 2 affords a variety of products, including 1,1′-bis-(1-chlorovinyl)octamethylferrocene (3b) in high yield. Compound 3b cyclises in aqueous sodium hydroxide/DMF to an octamethyl[1,4]-ferrocenophane bearing a 1-dimethylaminobuta-1,3-diene-handle (4).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18817-18821
Number of pages5
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number47
Publication statusPublished - 21 Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes


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