Cobalt-Catalyzed Alkylation of Nitriles with Alcohols

Arpita Singh, Michael Findlater

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Herein, we report an operationally convenient, cobalt-catalyzed alkylation of aryl nitriles employing primary and secondary alcohols (>30 examples, up to 86% yield). The use of readily available cobalt precursors and the widely employed BIAN (BIAN = bis(arylimino)acenaphthene) ligand affords an efficient catalytic reaction that is environmentally benign, leading to the formation of water as the only byproduct.

Original languageEnglish
StateAccepted/In press - 2021


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