Acta Chim. Sinica ›› 2015, Vol. 73 ›› Issue (11): 1114-1146.DOI: 10.6023/A15080572 Previous Articles     Next Articles



宋传玲, 王建武, 徐政虎   

  1. 山东大学化学与化工学院 胶体与界面化学教育部重点实验室 济南 250100
  • 投稿日期:2015-08-31 发布日期:2015-10-29
  • 通讯作者: 徐政虎
  • 基金资助:

    项目受国家自然科学基金和山东省自然科学基金(Nos. 21572118 & JQ201505)以及山东大学交叉与学科建设经费(Nos. 2014JC008,的资助.

Recent Advances of Cyclopropene Chemistry

Song Chuanling, Wang Jianwu, Xu Zhenghu   

  1. Key Lab for Colloid and Interface Chemistry of Education Ministry, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250100
  • Received:2015-08-31 Published:2015-10-29
  • Supported by:

    Project supported by the Natural Science Foundation of China and Shandong Province (Nos. 21572118 & JQ201505), the Fundamental Research & Subject Construction Funds of Shandong University (Nos. 2014JC008,

Cyclopropenes are the smallest unsaturated carbocyclic but readily accessible compounds with high strain energy (54.1 kcal/mol), which resulting in the high activity of cyclopropenes in reactions. Cyclopropenes have been a hot research topic for many years, since the synthesis, transformations, and applications of cyclopropenes have drawn attentions of chemists, and a series of interesting and significant cyclopropene chemistry have been demonstrated. Especially when transition-metal-catalysts were introduced into cyclopropene chemistry, a number of unprecedented transformations through addition reactions, cycloadditions, and ring-opening reactions have been developed. Several excellent reviews focused on transition metal chemistry of cyclopropenes and enantiomerically enriched cyclopropene have been published before 2011. However, some very important progresses on cyclopropene chemistry have been achieved in the next several years. This review will cover the literatures from 2011 to 2015, including the synthesis, transformations and applications of cyclopropenes. The paper included five chapters: the first part is the introduction of the article; in the second chapter, the recent advances in preparation of cyclopropenes were described; next, in the third part, the recent progress of transformations of cyclopropenes was discussed. The reactions of cyclopropenes were devided into two categories: 1) the transformations in which the ring of cyclopropene was opened by cycloaddition and cycloisomerization reactions. In some reactions an unsaturated metal carbene mechanism was involved, and subsequent insertion reaction, isomerization, or coupling reactions led to diverse functionalized products. In these reactions, cyclopropene serves as a very important 3-carbon building block; 2) the chemical transformations in which the three-membered ring was retained is an important pathway to multisubsitituted cyclopropane derivatives; the forth part summarized the recent applications of cyclopropenes, mainly focused on its specialities as bioorthogonal chemical reporters. Cyclopropene showed great significances in affinity-based protein labeling and synthesis of photo-cross-linkers suitable for live-cell imaging; in the last part, we summed up the article and made an outlook on the future development of cyclopropene chemistry.

Key words: cyclopropene, synthesis, transformations of cyclopropenes, applications