Exploring the Synthesis, Structure, and Reactivity of Well-Defined 1-Adamantylzinc Bromide Complexes

Gavin D. Jones and David A. Vicic*
Department of Chemistry, University of Hawaii, 2545 The Mall, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Current address: Department of Physical Sciences, Arkansas Tech University, 1701 N. Boulder, Russellville, AR 72801-2222
E-mail: vicic@hawaii.edu

The first syntheses and crystal structures of well-defined 1-adamantyl complexes of zinc are reported. The use of different ligands effects both the color and the nuclearity of the new structures. The effect of the coordination sphere of zinc on the reactivity of the new adamantylzinc nucleophiles in Negishi-like alkyl-alkyl cross-coupling reactions was also explored.

Keywords: Zinc, cross-coupling, quaternary centers.