meta-C−H Bromination on Purine Bases by Heterogeneous Ruthenium Catalysis

Svenja Warratz, David J. Burns, Cuiju Zhu, Korkit Korvorapun, Torben Rogge, Julius Scholz, Christian Jooss, Dmitri Gelman, Lutz Ackermann*

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Methods for positionally selective remote C−H functionalizations are in high demand. Herein, we disclose the first heterogeneous ruthenium catalyst for meta-selective C−H functionalizations, which enabled remote halogenations with excellent site selectivity and ample scope. The versatile heterogeneous Ru@SiO2catalyst was broadly applicable and could be easily recovered and reused, which set the stage for the direct fluorescent labeling of purines. In contrast to palladium, rhodium, iridium, or cobalt complexes, solely the ruthenium catalysis manifold provided access to meta-halogenated purine derivatives, illustrating the unique power of ruthenium C−H activation catalysis.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1557-1560
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number6
StatePublished - Feb 2017

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  • C−H activation
  • heterogeneous catalysis
  • meta selectivity
  • nucleobases
  • ruthenium


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