Arkadi Vigalok received his M.Sc. degree from Kazan State University in 1992 and Ph.D. degree from the Weizmann Institute of Science (with Prof. David Milstein) in 1999.
He then joined the group of Prof. Timothy Swager at MIT, as a Fulbright postdoctoral fellow, where he worked on metal-containing conducting polymers.
In 2002, he joined the faculty of the School of Chemistry at Tel Aviv University where he is presently a professor of chemistry.
His research interests include the formation of carbon–halogen bonds, particularly carbon–fluorine bonds, mediated by late transition metal complexes. He also has interests in supramolecular chemistry and organic synthesis in the aqueous media.
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013
The first Pd–pincer complex bearing a halogen (fluorine)
arm has been prepared via the base-assisted
dearomatization of a phosphine–quinoline (P∼N) ligand.
This dearomatization is reversible and has been used to
facilitate catalytic Sonogashira-type cross-coupling that,
contrary to the typical mechanistic approach,
is based on a metal–ligand cooperation mode.
Acc. Chem. Res. 2015
Transition metal-catalyzed organic transformations often reveal competing reaction pathways. Determining the factors that control the selectivity of such reactions is of extreme importance for the design of reliable synthetic protocols. Herein, we present the account of our studies over the past decade aimed at understanding the selectivity of reductive elimination chemistry of organotransition metal complexes under electrophilic halogenation conditions.
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