Ariafard, Alireza; Zarkoob, Fatemeh; Batebi, Hossein; Stranger, Robert; Yates, Brian F
In this study, we have used density functional theory to identify a new mechanism for the formation of carboxylate compounds from heteroarenes, such as benzoxazole, in the presence of copper catalysts. This new mechanism involves the formation of a carbene intermediate that is indirectly stabilized by the electron-releasing copper. This intermediate carbene can isomerize to the experimentally observed resting state of the catalytic cycle, but it is the intermediate carbene itself that has the...[Show more]
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