Zinc-copper couple is used in the Simmons-Smith cyclopropanation reaction, Reformatsky reaction. It is used as a chemical for the selective, stereospecific reduction of alkynes to cis-alkenes. It is used in for deiodination of iodotributylstannylalkanes. In the presence of a free-radical initiator, it promotes the formylation of perfluoroalkyl iodides with DMF to give fluorinated aldehydes in high yield. It is used in dermatology.
Eugene LeGoff. Cyclopropanes from an Easily Prepared, Highly Active ZincCopper Couple, Dibromomethane, and Olefins.J. Org. Chem.1964, 29 (7), 2048-2050.
S. Morris Kupchan; Masao Maruyama. Reductive elimination of epoxides to olefins with zinc-copper couple.J. Org. Chem.1971, 36 (9), 1187-1191.
For use in the Simmons-Smith cyclopropanation reaction, see Diiodomethane, A15457. For use in the Reformatsky reaction, see: Synthesis, 698 (1977).
Used for the selective, stereospecific reduction of alkynes to cis-alkenes: Chem. Ind. (London), 143 (1957). For deiodination of iodotributylstannylalkanes, see: Synlett., 891 (1992).
In the presence of a free-radical initiator, promotes the formylation of perfluoroalkyl iodides with DMF to give fluorinated aldehydes in high yield: J. Fluorine Chem., 63, 217 (1993).
Hazard Statements: H228
Precautionary Statements: P210-P280a-P240-P241-P370+P378a
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