The synthesis of aryl-substituted naphthalenes and aromatic phosphorus-containing compounds

Show simple item record Moleele, Simon Sana 2008-03-19T07:55:36Z 2008-03-19T07:55:36Z 2008-03-19T07:55:36Z
dc.description.abstract Abstract This thesis is divided into two parts. Part one presents a novel method for the synthesis of naphthalenes bearing aryl substituents. The novel route starts from three simple and readily available tetralones, α-tetralone, 6-methoxy-α-tetralone and 6,7-dimethoxy-α- tetralone. By means of standard Suzuki coupling methodology and aromatization methods, twelve aryl-substituted naphthalenes were synthesized from the tetralones over five steps in good yields. Some of the aryl-substituted naphthalenes synthesized have shown positive results when tested against malignant cancer cells. Part one also explains how unexpected cyclopropa[a]naphthalenes were obtained from 1-aryl-3,4-dihydro-2- naphthaldehydes by treatment with lithium aluminium hydride. The methodology developed in part one is further explored in part two of the thesis, which describes the synthesis of analogues of [1,1’]binaphthalenyl-2,2’-diol. A small library of twelve different biaryl diols was prepared from simple bromo(methoxy)naphthaldehydes that were synthesized in part one. The resultant biaryl diols were used in the design of twenty-two novel phosphite, phosphate, phosphoramidite and phosphoramidate ligands in which the phosphorus atoms are contained in either a nine-or an eight-membered heteroatom ring. However, these ligands are still to be tested in metal-catalyzed hydrogenation reactions. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject naphthalenes en
dc.subject phosphites en
dc.subject phosphoramidites en
dc.subject catalysis en
dc.title The synthesis of aryl-substituted naphthalenes and aromatic phosphorus-containing compounds en
dc.type Thesis en

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