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Acetylacetone is an
organic compoundwith molecular formula C5H8O2. This diketoneis formally named 2,4-pentanedione. It is a precursor to acetylacetonate (abbreviated acac), a common bidentate ligand. It is also a building block for the synthesis of heterocyclic compounds.
The keto and enol forms of acetylacetone coexist in solution; these forms are
tautomers. The C2v symmetry for the enol form displayed on the left in "scheme 1" has been verified by many methods including microwave spectroscopy. [cite journal
title = The C2v Structure of Enolic Acetylacetone
author = W. Caminati, J.-U. Grabow
Journal of the American Chemical Society
year = 2006
volume = 128
issue = 3
pages = 854–857
doi = 10.1021/ja055333g] Hydrogen bonding in the enol reduces the steric repulsion between the carbonyl groups. In the gas phase K is 11.7. The equilibrium constant tends to be high in nonpolar solvents:
cyclohexaneis 42, tolueneis 10, THF 7.2, dimethyl sulfoxide(K=2), and water (K=0.23). ["Solvents and Solvent Effects in Organic Chemistry", Christian Reichardt Wiley-VCH; 3 edition 2003 ISBN 3-527-30618-8] The enol form is a vinylogousanalogue of a carboxylic acid.
Acetylacetone is prepared industrially by the thermal rearrangement of isopropenylacetate. [Hardo Siegel, Manfred Eggersdorfer “Ketones” in Ullmann’s Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry, Wiley-VCH, 2002, Wienheim. DOI|10.1002/14356007.a15_077] :CH2(CH3)COC(O)Me → MeC(O)CH2C(O)Me
Laboratory routes to acetylacetone begin also with
acetone. Acetone and acetic anhydrideupon the addition of BF3 catalyst:OrgSynth | title = Acetylacetone | author = C. E. Denoon, Jr. | collvol = 3 | collvolpages = 16 | prep = cv3p016] :(CH3CO)2O + CH3C(O)CH3 → CH3C(O)CH2C(O)CH3
A second synthesis involves the base-catalyzed condensation of acetone and
ethyl acetate, followed by acidification::NaOEt + EtO2CCH3 + CH3C(O)CH3 → NaCH3C(O)CHC(O)CH3 + 2 EtOH:NaCH3C(O)CHC(O)CH3 + HCl → CH3C(O)CH2C(O)CH3 + NaCl
Because of the ease of these syntheses, many analogues of acetylacetonates are known. Some examples include C6H5C(O)CH2C(O)C6H5 (dbaH) and (CH3)3CC(O)CH2C(O)CC(CH3)3. Hexafluoroacetylacetonate is also widely used to generate volatile metal complexes.
The acetylacetonate anion, C5H7O2−, is the
conjugate baseof 2,4-pentanedione. It does not exist as a free ion in solution, but is bound to the corresponding cation, such as Na+. In practice, the existence of the free anion, commonly abbreviated acac−, is a useful model.
Sodium acetylacetonate may be prepared by deprotonating acetylacetone with
sodium hydroxidein a mixture of water- methanol. [OrgSynth | collvol = 4 | collvolpages = 869 | year = 1963 | prep = cv4p0869 | title = Tetraacetylethane | author = Robert G. Charles]
anionforms complexes with many transition metalions wherein both oxygen atoms bind to the metal to form a six-membered chelate ring. Some examples include: Mn(acac)3,B. B. Snider, "Manganese(III) Acetylacetonate" in Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis (Ed: L. Paquette) 2004, J. Wiley & Sons, New York. doi|10.1002/047084289] VO(acac)2, Fe(acac)3, and Co(acac)3. Any complex of the form M(acac)3 is chiral (has a non-superimposable mirror image). Additionally, M(acac)3 complexes can be reduced electrochemically, with the reduction rate being dependent on the solvent and the metal center. [cite journal
title = Kinetic parameters for heterogeneous electron transfer to tris(acetylacetonato)manganese(III) and tris(acetylacetonato)iron(III) in aproptic solvents
author = W. Fawcett, M. Opallo
Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry
year = 1992
volume = 331
pages = 815–830
doi = 10.1016/0022-0728(92)85008-Q] Bis- and tris complexes of the type M(acac)2 and M(acac)3 are typically soluble in organic solvents, in contrast to the related metal halides. Because of these properties, these complexes are widely used as
catalystprecursors and reagents. Important applications include their use as NMR "shift reagents" and as catalysts for organic synthesis, and precursors to industrial hydroformylation catalysts.
C5H7O2− in some cases also binds to metals through the central carbon atom; this bonding mode is more common for the third-row transition metals such as platinum(II) and iridium(III).
Cr(acac)3 is used as a spin relaxation agent to improve the sensitivity in quantitative
Carbon-13 NMRspectroscopy. [Citation
last2 =Remaud, Gerald S.; Tenailleau, Eve; Akoka, Serge
title =Precise and accurate quantitative 13C NMR with reduced experimental time
id = ]
Cu(acac)2, prepared by treating acetylacetone with aqueous Cu(NH3)42+ and is available commercially, catalyzes coupling and carbene transfer reactions.
Unlike the copper(II) chelate, copper(I) acetylacetonate is an air sensitive oligomeric species. It is employed to catalyze
Michael additions. [E. J. Parish, S. Li "Copper(I) Acetylacetonate" in Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis (Ed: L. Paquette) 2004, J. Wiley & Sons, New York. doi|10.1002/047084289X.rc203]
Mn(acac)3, a one-electron oxidant, is used for coupling phenols. It is prepared by the direct reaction of acetylacetone and
potassium permanganate. In terms of electronic structure, Mn(acac)3 is high spin. Its distorted octahedral structure reflects geometric distortions due to the Jahn-Teller effect. The two most common structures for this complex include one with tetrahedral elongation and one with tetragonal compression. For the elongation, two Mn-O bonds are 2.12 Å while the other four are 1.93 Å. For the compression, two Mn-O bonds are 1.95 and the other four are 2.00 Å. The effects of the tetrahedral elongation are noticeably more significant than the effects of the tetragonal compression. [Cotton&Wilkinson6th]
"Nickel acac" is not Ni(acac)2 but the trimer [Ni(acac)2] 3. This emerald green solid, which is benzene soluble, is widely employed in the preparation of Ni(O) complexes. Upon exposure to the atmosphere, [Ni(acac)2] 3 converts to the chalky green monomeric hydrate.
Vanadyl acetylacetonateis a blue complex with the formula V(O)(acac)2. It is useful in epoxidation of allylic alcohols.
The monoaquo complex Zn(acac)2H2O (m.p. 138-140 °C) is pentacoordinate, adopting a square pyramidal structure. [H. Montgomery and E. C. Lingafelter "The crystal structure of monoaquobisacetylacetonatozinc" Acta Crystallographica (1963), volume 16, pp. 748-752. doi:10.1107/S0365110X6300195X.] Dehydration of this species gives the hygroscopic anhydrous derivative (m.p. 127 °C). [G. Rudolph and M. C. Henry "Bis(2,4-Pentanedionato)zinc (Zinc Acetylacetonate)" Inorganic Syntheses, 1967, volume X, pp. 74-77.] This more volatile derivative has been used as a precursor to films of ZnO.
Both iridium(I) and Ir(III) form stable acetylacetonato complexes. The Ir(III) derivatives include "trans"-Ir(acac)2("C"H(COMe)2)(H2O) and the more conventional "D"3-symmetric Ir(acac)3. The C-bonded derivative is a precursor to homogeneous catalysts for
C-H activationand related chemistries. [Bennett, M. A.; Mitchell, T. R. B. "γ-Carbon-bonded 2,4-pentanedionato complexes of trivalent iridium" Inorganic Chemistry 1976, volume 15, pp. 2936-8. DOI|10.1021/ic50165a079] [Bhalla, G.; Oxgaard, J.; Goddard, W. A., II, and Periana, R. A., "Hydrovinylation of Olefins Catalyzed by an Iridium Complex via CH Activation", Organometallics, 2005, 24, 5499-5502.doi|10.1021/om050614i] Iridium(I) derivatives include square-planar Ir(acac)(CO)2 ("C"2v-symmetry).
Al(C5H7O2)n, or shortened to Al(acac)
C5H7O2− in some cases also binds to metals through the central carbon atom (C3); this bonding mode is more common for the third-row transition metals such as platinum(II) and iridium(III). The complexes Ir(acac)3 and corresponding Lewis-base adducts Ir(acac)3L (L = an
amine) contain one carbon-bonded acac ligand. The IR spectra of O-bonded acetylacetonates are characterized by relatively low-energy νCO bands of 1535 cm−1, whereas in carbon-bonded acetylacetonates, the carbonyl vibration occurs closer to the normal range for ketonic C=O, i.e. 1655 cm−1.
Other reactions of acetylacetone
*Deprotonations: Very strong bases will doubly deprotonate acetylacetone, starting at C3 but also at C1. The resulting species can then be alkylated at C-1.
*Precursor to heterocycles: Acetylacetone is a versatile precursor to heterocycles. Hydrazine reacts to produce pyrazoles. Urea gives pyrimidines.
*Precursor to related imino ligands: Acetylacetone condenses with amines to give, successively, the mono- and the di-
diketimines wherein the O atoms in acetylacetone are replaced by NR (R = aryl, alkyl).
*Enzymatic breakdown: The enzyme
acetylacetone dioxygenasecleaves the carbon-carbon bond of acetyacetone, producing acetate and 2-oxopropanal. The enzyme is Fe(II)-dependent, but it has been proven to bind to zinc as well. Acetylacetone degradation has been characterized in the bacterium "Acinetobacter johnsonii". [Straganz, G.D., Glieder, A., Brecker, L., Ribbons, D.W. and Steiner, W. "Acetylacetone-Cleaving Enzyme Dke1: A Novel C-C-Bond-Cleaving Enzyme." Biochem. J. 369 (2003) 573-581 DOI|10.1042/BJ20021047] :C5H8O2 + O2 → C2H4O2 + C3H4O2
*Arylation: Acetylacetonate displaced halides from certain halo-substituted benzoic acid. This reaction is copper-catalyzed.:2-BrC6H4CO2H + NaC5H7O2 → 2-(CH3CO)2HC)-C6H4CO2H + NaBr
*Bennett, M. A.; Heath, G. A.; Hockless, D. C. R.; Kovacik, I.; Willis, A. C. "Alkene Complexes of Divalent and Trivalent Ruthenium Stabilized by Chelation. Dependence of Coordinated Alkene Orientation on Metal Oxidation State"
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*Wong-Foy, A. G.; Bhalla, G.; Liu, X. Y.; Periana, R. A.. "Alkane C-H Activation and Catalysis by an O-Donor Ligated Iridium Complex."
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* N. Barta, "Bis(acetylacetonato)zinc(II)" in Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis (Ed: L. Paquette) 2004, J. Wiley & Sons, New York. doi|10.1002/047084289X.rb097
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