Organic chemistry: A general alkyl-alkyl cross-coupling enabled by redox-active esters and alkylzinc reagents

Tian Qin, Josep Cornella, Chao Li, Lara R. Malins, Jacob T. Edwards, Shuhei Kawamura, Brad D. Maxwell, Martin D. Eastgate, Phil S. Baran

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Abstract

Alkyl carboxylic acids are ubiquitous in all facets of chemical science, from natural products to polymers, and represent an ideal starting material with which to forge new connections. This study demonstrates how the same activating principles used for decades to make simple C-N (amide) bonds from carboxylic acids with loss of water can be used to make C-C bonds through coupling with dialkylzinc reagents and loss of carbon dioxide. This disconnection strategy benefits from the use of a simple, inexpensive nickel catalyst and exhibits a remarkably broad scope across a range of substrates (>70 examples).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)801-805
Number of pages5
JournalScience
Volume352
Issue number6287
DOIs
StatePublished - May 13 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Qin, T., Cornella, J., Li, C., Malins, L. R., Edwards, J. T., Kawamura, S., Maxwell, B. D., Eastgate, M. D., & Baran, P. S. (2016). Organic chemistry: A general alkyl-alkyl cross-coupling enabled by redox-active esters and alkylzinc reagents. Science, 352(6287), 801-805. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aaf6123