Montserrat Rueda-Becerril

University of British Columbia - Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Are you Montserrat Rueda-Becerril?

Claim your profile

Publications (4)38.86 Total impact

  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: We have developed the first example of a photoredox catalytic method for the formation of carbon-fluorine (C-F) bonds. The mechanism has been studied using transient absorption spectroscopy and involves a key single-electron transfer from the 3MLCT (triplet metal-to-ligand charge-transfer) state of Ru(bpy)3 2+ to Selectfluor®. Not only does this represent a new reaction for photoredox catalysis, but the mild reaction conditions and use of visible light also make it a practical improvement over previously developed UV-mediated decarboxylative fluorinations.
    Journal of the American Chemical Society 01/2014; 136(6). DOI:10.1021/ja412083f
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Coming to light: The title reaction simply requires an aqueous alkaline solution of Selectfluor and light. The method is inexpensive and effective for a wide range of neutral and electron-poor 2-aryloxy and 2-aryl acetic acids to provide fluoromethyl ethers and benzyl fluorides, respectively. The mechanism most likely proceeds through an initial aryl excitation with a subsequent single-electron transfer.
    Angewandte Chemie International Edition 10/2012; 51(43):10804-7. DOI:10.1002/anie.201206352
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: The development of new synthetic technologies for the selective fluorination of organic compounds has increased with the escalating importance of fluorine-containing pharmaceuticals. Traditional methods potentially applicable to drug synthesis rely on the use of ionic forms of fluorine (F(-) or F(+)). Radical methods, while potentially attractive as a complementary approach, are hindered by a paucity of safe sources of atomic fluorine (F(•)). A new approach to alkyl fluorination has been developed that utilizes the reagent N-fluorobenzenesulfonimide as a fluorine transfer agent to alkyl radicals. This approach is successful for a broad range of alkyl radicals, including primary, secondary, tertiary, benzylic, and heteroatom-stabilized radicals. Furthermore, calculations reveal that fluorine-containing ionic reagents are likely candidates for further expansion of this approach to polar reaction media. The use of these reagents in alkyl radical fluorination has the potential to enable powerful new transformations that otherwise would take multiple synthetic steps.
    Journal of the American Chemical Society 03/2012; 134(9):4026-9. DOI:10.1021/ja211679v
  • Montserrat Rueda-Becerril, Joe C T Leung, Christine R Dunbar, Glenn M Sammis
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: This study examines the chemoselectivity of alkoxy radical cyclizations onto silyl enol ethers compared to competing cyclizations, 1,5-hydrogen atom transfers (1,5-HATs), and β-fragmentations. Cyclization onto silyl enol ethers in a 5-exo mode is greatly preferred over cyclization onto a terminal alkene. The selectivity decreases when any alkyl substitution is present on the competing alkene radical acceptor. Alkoxy radical 5-exo cyclizations displayed excellent chemoselectivity over competing β-fragmentations. Alkoxy radical 5-exo cyclizations onto silyl enol ether also outcompeted 1,5-HATs, even for activated benzylic hydrogen atoms. In tetrahydropyran synthesis, where 1,5-HAT has plagued alkoxy radical cyclization methodologies, 6-exo cyclizations were the dominant mode of reactivity. β-Fragmentation still remains a challenge for tetrahydropyran synthesis when an aryl group is present in the β position.
    The Journal of Organic Chemistry 08/2011; 76(19):7720-9. DOI:10.1021/jo200992m