We disclose a [(PhO) 3 P]/NiBr 2 -catalyzed regioselective β, δ-diarylation of unactivated olefins in ketimines with aryl halides and arylzinc reagents. This diarylation proceeds at remote locations to the carbonyl group to afford, after simple H + workup, diversely substituted β, δ-diarylketones that are otherwise difficult to access readily with existing methods. Deuterium-labeling and crossover experiments indicate that diarylation proceeds by ligand-enabled contraction of transient nickellacycles.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Chemistry
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry