Mechanistically Guided Design of Ligands That Significantly Improve the Efficiency of CuH-Catalyzed Hydroamination Reactions. Academic Article uri icon


  • Using a mechanically guided ligand design approach, a new ligand (SEGFAST) for the CuH-catalyzed hydroamination reaction of unactivated terminal olefins has been developed, providing a 62-fold rate increase over reactions compared to DTBM-SEGPHOS, the previous optimal ligand. Combining the respective strengths of computational chemistry and experimental kinetic measurements, we were able to quickly identify potential modifications that lead to more effective ligands, thus avoiding synthesizing and testing a large library of ligands. By optimizing the combination of attractive, noncovalent ligand-substrate interactions and the stability of the catalyst under the reaction conditions, we were able to identify a finely tuned hybrid ligand that greatly enables accelerated hydrocupration rates with unactivated alkenes. Moreover, a modular and robust synthetic sequence was devised, which allowed for the practical, gram-scale synthesis of these novel hybrid ligand structures.

published proceedings

  • J Am Chem Soc

altmetric score

  • 5.55

author list (cited authors)

  • Thomas, A. A., Speck, K., Kevlishvili, I., Lu, Z., Liu, P., & Buchwald, S. L

citation count

  • 69

complete list of authors

  • Thomas, Andy A||Speck, Klaus||Kevlishvili, Ilia||Lu, Zhaohong||Liu, Peng||Buchwald, Stephen L

publication date

  • October 2018