The first cobalt-catalyzed direct methylation of a C(sp(2))-H bond using dicumyl peroxide (DCP) as both the methylating reagent and hydrogen acceptor has been established. The reaction proceeded without the use of any additives, and was proven to be applicable to various amides bearing a 2-pyridinylisopropyl (PIP) directing group, providing an efficient access to o-methyl aryl amides with high functional-group tolerance. Preliminary mechanistic studies suggest a radical process would be involved in the catalytic process.
|Journal||CHEMISTRY-A EUROPEAN JOURNAL|
|State||Published - Aug 2016|